Endometriosis Awareness Month: What You Need to Know
March 9, 2023
Endometriosis is a chronic and often painful disease that affects millions of women worldwide. According to the World Health Organization, endometriosis affects an estimated 10% (190 million) of reproductive age women and girls, globally. Despite its prevalence, there is still a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about the condition. That's why Endometriosis Awareness Month is so important.
Here's what you need to know about this disease.
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a chronic and often painful disorder where tissue similar to the lining inside the uterus (the endometrium) grows outside of the uterus.
Endometriosis most commonly involves the ovaries, fallopian tubes and tissues around the uterus. However, in rare cases, endometriosis may involve other organs such as the brain, lungs, and skin.
What are the symptoms of endometriosis?
The most common symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain. This pain often occurs during menstruation but can also occur at other times during the menstrual cycle. Other symptoms may include pain during intercourse, fatigue, painful urination or bowel movements, and infertility. For many women, endometriosis can have a major impact on their quality of life, but some experience no symptoms at all.
How is endometriosis diagnosed?
There is no one test that can definitively diagnose endometriosis. Instead, diagnosis is typically based on a combination of factors such as medical history, physical examination, and imaging tests. Your doctor may also order blood tests or a laparoscopy (a surgical procedure in which a small camera is inserted into the abdomen through a small incision) to confirm the diagnosis.
How is endometriosis treated?
There is no cure for endometriosis, but there are treatments that can help relieve symptoms and improve fertility. These treatments include pain medication, hormone therapy, and surgery. Some women find that complementary and alternative therapies such as acupuncture and massage can also be helpful in managing their symptoms.
If you suspect you have endometriosis, it’s important to discuss your symptoms and treatment options with your doctor.
To keep track of your health, consider using Jonda to maintain a record of your health history and monitor your progress.
How You Can Help Raise Awareness
Raising awareness for endometriosis can be achieved through various means, including:
Social media: Use social media platforms to spread the word about endometriosis, share personal stories, and encourage conversations around the condition.
Public events: Participate in or organize public events such as walks, runs, or marches to raise awareness and funds for endometriosis research.
Advocacy: Join or support advocacy groups that focus on endometriosis to increase visibility, support, and funding for the condition.
Personal advocacy: Advocate for yourself and others by speaking openly about your experiences with endometriosis, encouraging others to seek medical attention, and promoting a better understanding of the condition.
Do You Have Endometriosis?
Feature on Jonda’s Patient Voices (coming soon), and become an advocate for your medical condition. We believe that your experience and perspective can help raise awareness for other people who may be going through similar challenges.
If you feel comfortable sharing your story with us, we would be honored to feature your journey living with endometriosis on our blog. Your unique journey can inspire and educate others, and bring attention to this important cause.
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