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Endometriosis Month – March 2023

Endometriosis Month is observed every year in March as an awareness campaign on Endometriosis. Endometriosis is a disorder that affects nearly 180 million women worldwide. The term describes the abnormal growth of tissue outside the uterus instead of inside to create a healthy lining. This disorder causes pain and hormonal changes in women. Over the years, there have been advancements in treatment options for the disorder. For the public to fully understand the disorder and to be aware of the symptoms, Endometriosis Month is observed every year in March in different ways. Wearing a yellow ribbon has been a traditional way to express support.

History of Endometriosis Month

Endometriosis is a condition in which an endocrinal tissue abnormally grows outside the uterus. This causes inflation in the surrounding organs like the ovaries, fallopian tubes, etc. According to statistics, 10% of women suffer from this disorder and have to go through varying levels of pain.

According to Greek and Roman texts, there have been different remedies and treatment options for the person suffering from such a condition, for instance, leeches, bloodletting, chemical douching, etc. to relieve pain and symptoms. In some cases, women have even been killed on accounts of supposedly being “possessed by a demon.” Telltales and myths have journeyed through time, and even in this modern era where science and technology have made remarkable discoveries, home remedies and traditional medicine are still being used to provide relief to the pain caused by endometriosis.

In terms of diagnosis and treatment, there are a few options to choose from based on the recommendations of the treating physician. A physician can recommend going for a biopsy for a detailed diagnosis followed by ultrasound scans. Eventually, medicines to suppress the symptoms or surgery would be recommended. In some cases, both would have to be done to treat the patient. Since this condition is an inflammation, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen have also been used.

Endometriosis affects around 180 million women in the world; hence, becoming a global issue. In efforts to raise awareness of the severity of Endometriosis and the complications it can cause, various women’s health organizations have initiated campaigns for the cause. The International Endometriosis Association observed the first Endometriosis Month in March 1993.

Endometriosis Month timeline

1920
The First Full Description of Endometriosis

Thomas Cullen, a gynecological surgeon, gives the first full metamorphological explanation of endometriosis.

1993
The Inaugural Observance

The Endometriosis Association marks March as the first Endometriosis Awareness Month.

2009
The Endometriosis Foundation of America

The Endometriosis Foundation of America is founded by Tamer Seckin and Padma Lakshmi.

2021
The International Patient Conference

The agenda of the conference is to provide the necessary education on Endometriosis to patients suffering from the disorder.

Endometriosis Month FAQs

What are the symptoms of Endometriosis?

The major symptom is excessive pain in the abdomen and surrounding areas, especially during the menstrual cycle. Pain during marital activities, bowel movements, and urination can be a symptom too.

What is the main cause of Endometriosis?

Although there is no specifically identified cause of this order, it is theorized that multiple factors can play their part in causing it. For instance, hormonal imbalances and retrograde menstrual flow can be the primary causes.

What can I do to suppress the pain?

Some home remedies include using a heating pad or warm compresses. Taking non-steroidal pain killers to suppress the pain is also an option but should be taken with caution and only with the physician’s advice. Remember, it is always best to visit a nearby hospital to take care of an emergency.

How to Observe Endometriosis Month

  1. Show your support

    The best way to observe this month is by being supportive and compassionate towards those suffering from this disorder. They say love and care are the best remedies.

  2. Educate yourself

    Whether you are a patient or not, do not wait to become a patient. Get your checkup done by a diagnostic center and make sure to attend an awareness session on Endometriosis.

  3. Host an awareness session

    You have no idea how much people need awareness and education on this topic. The more they know, the better it will be for them and their loved ones.

5 Facts About Endometriosis

  1. The cause is still a mystery

    Despite all the research, the cause of Endometriosis is still a mystery.

  2. One in every 10 women

    You would be shocked to know that one in every 10 women suffers from this disorder.

  3. There is no cure yet

    Doctors and researchers have been able to suppress the symptoms, but there is no cure for the disorder yet.

  4. The term’s coinage

    The term ‘Endometriosis’ was coined by John A. Sampson in his paper on ovarian endometriomas.

  5. The leading factor behind infertility

    After polycystic ovaries, endometriosis is the second most prevalent cause of infertility in women.

Why Endometriosis Month is Important

  1. Need to spread awareness

    The least anyone can do for a person with endometriosis is to educate themselves on this condition. Use this information acquired to create awareness by teaching others.

  2. A whole month for dedicated research

    While research on other subjects continues, March is dedicated to research on Endometriosis. Maybe this way scientists will be able to find a cure, or at least a better treatment option for the condition.

  3. Show the world we care

    Perhaps the biggest consolation for a patient suffering from this disorder is to know that the world cares for them. Organizations are working to provide the best healthcare and treatment options to them.

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