March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, and you women, if you suffer from endometriosis, are not alone, as 176 million women of birth age have the disease worldwide. We think it’s important to raise awareness about this often misunderstood disease. Here are a few ways you can raise awareness about this painful pelvic pain this March (and beyond).
Know About Endometriosis
Endometriosis is a condition in which the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus – in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and elsewhere in the abdomen and body.
Those with endometriosis tend to have a lower quality of life because of the pain caused by the disease. By creating awareness of this common pelvic health problem, it can highlight the importance of highlighting signs and symptoms, eliminating misconceptions, and dispelling misconceptions about the condition.
Unfortunately, there has been a general lack of awareness due to the general nature of symptoms that are removed as severe menstrual pain. This has contributed to the delayed testing of many women. When symptoms are not detected early enough, it can take anywhere between 3 to 11 years for a woman to be diagnosed with endometriosis, as reported by the National Institute of Health and the US Library of Medicine. As soon as we spread awareness of the condition, soon one in ten women could be treated.
4 Ways to Bring Awareness of Endometriosis
There are many different ways you can help during Endometriosis Awareness Month. We list our top 4 ways below:
1. Talk about it.
Often, the most challenging part about endometriosis is opening up lines of communication with you, your family and friends, and most importantly, with your provider. You need to talk about your experience with the provider as they will be able to differentiate whether the experience is due to a difficult menstrual cycle or if it is a disease such as endometriosis. In addition, talking about your experience helps providers get the much-needed information to diagnose endometriosis soon.
When changing your winter wardrobe into spring, feel free to wear a yellow or sports yellow ribbon – a sign of awareness about endometriosis. A simple ribbon-like awareness tool can spark conversations anywhere, even if “in elevators, offices, and on the go, people will walk away, ‘Wow, what?’,” Said Mary Lou Ballweg, founder of the Endometriosis Organization.
2. Join the event.
Endometriosis Awareness Month offers many options for those who want to get involved. One way you can do that is by joining EndoMarch, a global event that takes place on March 30, 2019. Join survivors and supporters to march for information. Find your EndoMarch group chapter here. In Minnesota, you can sign up with the MN Endo Warriors, a non-profit organization that raises endometriosis. If you can’t march but still want to get involved, use the hashtag #EndometriosisAwarenessMonth on social media.
3. Educate yourself.
If you or a loved one may be experiencing signs and symptoms of endometriosis, visit your provider. You will learn whether you have it or not, what treatments are best for you and your lifestyle, and how you can alleviate any discomfort you may be experiencing.
4. Share your story.
For every 10 women living with this condition, you may know someone with endometriosis – it could be you. Because it is a common condition, helping others understand what you have been through can be a beneficial part of the healing process. One thing that helps many women deal with is joining a local endometriosis support group where you can meet others who share the same situation and share your story and experience.
How to Live With Endometriosis
By informing endometriosis, more women will be diagnosed sooner. Do not let this debilitating condition create roadblocks and disruptions in your life. Schedule an appointment at one of our four Metro OBGYN sites to learn more about endometriosis.