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
The earliest references to symptoms linked to Endometriosis are made in the Ebers Papyrus inscribed in Egypt.
Scientists from Holland, Germany, and England detail Endometriosis and its condition in autopsy studies.
Carl von Rokitansky is the first to identify and describe Endometriosis.
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
Learn about endometriosis
Research Endometriosis and its symptoms. Learn how to detect the disease and explore possible treatments.
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.
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
Being pregnant may help
Pregnancy and the increase in progesterone levels often relieve symptoms
Women are affected worldwide
Endometriosis affects women mostly in their reproductive years (ages 12-52).
Studies have suggested a possible genetic component.
Chronic pelvic pain is a major symptom
Severe abdominal pain present outside of the menstrual days is a major symptom.
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
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.
Endometriosis leads to infertility
Endometriosis is currently the leading cause of infertility. Managing the symptoms is extremely important.
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.
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