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Endometriosis Awareness Day – March 1, 2023

Endometriosis Awareness Day is observed on March 1, during Endometriosis Awareness Month. Endometriosis is an inflammatory condition that occurs in women when tissue starts growing outside the uterus. This tissue is the same as that which lines the womb internally. While there are many studies now on this condition, there is still no cure, and awareness is a huge problem. The month, and day, are dedicated to raising awareness and promoting research to find a cure for Endometriosis. They are also aimed at addressing the stigma that comes with Endometriosis in the form of infertility.

History of Endometriosis Awareness Day

The Endometriosis Association initiated Endometriosis Awareness Month in 1993. What started as a small-scale campaign is observed worldwide today. These campaigns include fundraisers, educational activities, and marches. The Endometriosis Association promotes the cause by providing information and support to those with the condition, and by distributing yellow ribbons.

Endometriosis affects one out of 10 women in the U.S., and an estimated 200 million women globally. Despite these startling numbers, there is not much awareness of it and the condition is often misdiagnosed. According to the Endometriosis Foundation of America, a lack of awareness and education on the disease is a big hurdle toward detection. Symptoms of the condition include painful period cycles, abdominal pain, cycle irregularities, and excessive pain during intercourse. These symptoms are often misdiagnosed. Through the efforts of participating organizations, the medical community, and civil society, more people are learning about the condition. However, there is still a need for better understanding, particularly about early diagnosis and treatment.

Timely detection and intervention can give patients a chance to treat the symptoms before it gets out of control and requires surgery. Women affected by Endometriosis are also likely to have difficulty conceiving. It is uncertain how Endometriosis directly leads to infertility.

Endometriosis Awareness Day timeline

1500 B.C.
The Ancient Origins

The earliest references to symptoms linked to Endometriosis are made in the Ebers Papyrus inscribed in Egypt.

Eighteenth-Century
The Early Studies

Scientists from Holland, Germany, and England detail Endometriosis and its condition in autopsy studies.

1860
The Disease is Identified

Carl von Rokitansky is the first to identify and describe Endometriosis.

1993
The National Observation

The Endometriosis Association observes Endometriosis Awareness Month.

Endometriosis Awareness Day FAQs

Does removing the uterus stop endometriosis?

Although removing the uterus can relieve the symptoms, Endometriosis can recur post-surgery resulting in the symptoms resurfacing.

Is there a ribbon for endometriosis?

Yellow ribbons are the color for Endometriosis and its awareness campaign.

Is endometriosis a disability?

Endometriosis is a condition and not a disability. Whether or not it can be classified as a disease is debated.

How to Observe Endometriosis Awareness Day

  1. Learn about endometriosis

    Research Endometriosis and its symptoms. Learn how to detect the disease and explore possible treatments.

  2. Consult your doctor

    If you or someone you know has Endometriosis-like symptoms, schedule an appointment with a specialist and get professional help. Early diagnosis may prevent surgery.

  3. Participate in fundraisers

    There is not enough awareness about Endometriosis. Participate in local events, fundraisers, and marathons for the promotion of Endometriosis Awareness Day.

5 Intriguing Facts About Endometriosis

  1. Being pregnant may help

    Pregnancy and the increase in progesterone levels often relieve symptoms

  2. Women are affected worldwide

    Endometriosis affects women mostly in their reproductive years (ages 12-52).

  3. Genetics matter

    Studies have suggested a possible genetic component.

  4. Chronic pelvic pain is a major symptom

    Severe abdominal pain present outside of the menstrual days is a major symptom.

  5. Diagnosis takes a long time

    It takes eight years from the development of symptoms to get a proper diagnosis.

Why Endometriosis Awareness Day is Important

  1. It requires awareness

    According to the Endometriosis Foundation of America, awareness is the biggest issue in battling endometriosis. The whole month, and day, is dedicated to primarily creating awareness.

  2. Endometriosis leads to infertility

    Endometriosis is currently the leading cause of infertility. Managing the symptoms is extremely important.

  3. Promoting research

    Throughout March, professionals, researchers, and scientists specializing in this domain rely on information collected to find better treatments for Endometriosis. This will lead to more women being helped globally.

Endometriosis Awareness Day dates

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