Endometriosis is a progressive disease that affects over 176 million women worldwide. In women with this condition, the endometrial tissue lining the inside of the uterus grows outside the uterus and attaches to other abdominal cavity organs such as the fallopian tubes or ovaries. Symptoms often include abnormal and painful menstrual bleeding, pain during or after sexual intercourse and infertility.
An estimated 1 in 10 women are affected in their reproductive years. Yet diagnosis is often delayed due to general lack of awareness of the condition by women and healthcare providers. This is often because symptoms are considered “normal” after women first experience them.
That’s why we encourage you to recognize National Endometriosis Awareness Month in March. Although endometriosis is incurable and can reoccur after treatment, our doctors can offer care to minimize pain and to help achieve pregnancy.
We also encourage you to visit the web site SpeakEndo.com. This organization encourages women to speak up about their symptoms and experiences to increase awareness around this disease.