During the month of March, we are coming together to spread Endometriosis awareness. Our hope is to build recognition, educate others, and honor the 176 million women worldwide suffering from this disease.
WHAT IS ENDOMETRIOSIS?
Coming from the word endometrium (the tissue that lines the uterus), endometriosis is when a similar tissue grows on the outside of the uterus. Endometrium growth is common on the ovaries, bowels, bladder, and fallopian tubes. Symptoms can differ from woman to woman and unfortunately, the severity of the pain does not indicate how much tissue has grown on the outside of the uterine cavity.
Painful menstrual cramps, specifically in the lower abdomen (before or during periods)
Pain during and after intercourse
Painful urination/bowel movements during periods
INFERTILITY (affecting about 30-40% of women)
Chronic pain in the low back and pelvis area
Gastrointestinal upsets including constipation, nausea, and diarrhea.
Hysterectomy with removal of the ovaries
Endometriosis is commonly hard to diagnose. In fact, it is often misdiagnosed leaving women to suffer with their symptoms, receiving very few answers. Infertility is often a symptom of Endometriosis. Researchers believe it may be affecting as many as one in every two women with fertility struggles.
It is important to remember, you are NOT alone. ONE in TEN women have endometriosis (more than 6.5 million women in the United States). Please, don’t hesitate to reach out to your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms. Normal periods do not cause excruciating pain, but endometriosis does!