The Endometriosis Association initiated Endometriosis Awareness Month in 1993 and since then each year, the month of March is aimed to increase awareness and highlight the symptoms of this debilitating condition.
Endometriosis is a medical condition in which the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside of it, typically on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the tissue lining the pelvis. This tissue can cause pain, and inflammation, and sometimes lead to fertility problems.
Awareness about endometriosis is important because it is a common condition, affecting up to 10% of women of reproductive age, and can be very painful and debilitating. There is an average diagnosis time of 7-10 years due to a lack of awareness and understanding. Some common symptoms of endometriosis include:
- Painful periods
- Pain during sex
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Painful bowel movements or urination during menstruation
Endometriosis can be difficult to diagnose because the symptoms can be vague and similar to other conditions, but early diagnosis and treatment are important to reduce the risk of complications and improve quality of life.
Treatment options include pain management with medication, hormonal therapy, and surgery to remove the endometrial tissue. In some cases, fertility treatments may be necessary to help women with endometriosis conceive.
Endometriosis Awareness Month is a time to educate people about common symptoms, including chronic pain during periods or intercourse, fatigue, and infertility, and to encourage individuals to seek medical attention for any related symptoms. This month also serves as a reminder of the importance of research to better understand the condition, develop more effective treatments, and ultimately find a cure. It highlights the need for improved access to care and support services for those affected by endometriosis.
MWT Global Academy joins the many organizations and advocacy groups worldwide that are taking part in Endometriosis Awareness Month. If you suspect that you may have endometriosis, it is important to see a healthcare provider for an evaluation and diagnosis. Early detection and treatment can help to manage symptoms and prevent complications.