March observes Endometriosis Awareness Month, which encourages women to raise awareness about the effects of endometriosis and the excruciating symptoms associated with the condition. Endometriosis can have an overwhelming effect on the body, which can eventually lead to infertility. Read more on endometriosis and some commonly asked questions.

History of Endometriosis Awareness Month

Originally dedicated to one week, Endometriosis Awareness Week eventually took over an entire month. Founded in 1993 by The Endometriosis Association’s roundtable in Milwaukee, the group of eight women eventually grew to 22 members. Today, Endometriosis Awareness Month is dedicated to nationally recognizing the condition with events around the country. See the list of events!

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition that often causes extreme pelvic pain, bloating, painful bowel movements, and heavy periods. The condition causes the endometrium, that normally builds inside the uterus, to grow outside of it. During each menstrual cycle, the tissue that has grown outside the uterus will bleed as it normally would inside the uterus but has no way to exit the body causing local inflammation and pain.

How many women are affected by endometriosis?

According to endofound.org, approximately 176 million women worldwide suffer from endometriosis. It can take an average of 7 years for a woman to get properly diagnosed by a physician.

Is there treatment for endometriosis?

The knowledge and treatment options for endometriosis are limited. Medications can help to reduce pain and inflammation associated with symptoms. Surgery is another option for women with endometriosis, in which the lesions and scar tissue are burned away.

Contribution to Research

Although treatment may be limited right now, physicians at Women’s Health Care Research are currently seeking possible new treatment options. Volunteers with endometriosis may be eligible to participate in cutting-edge clinical trials now enrolling.

Participating in an endometriosis clinical study can provide you with the opportunity to receive study-related care and medication at no cost.

By participating in research, you can help contribute to the endometriosis movement and ultimately help others to find relief.

To learn more about endometriosis clinical studies, CLICK HERE.