Raising Awareness About Endometriosis
With an estimated 1 in 10 women – or 200 million women worldwide – suffering from endometriosis, its prevalence is ten times that of autism – but is rarely discussed or considered newsworthy.
Endometriosis is the third-leading cause of gynecologic hospitalization and is the leading cause of the estimated 600,000 hysterectomies performed each year in the United States. And despite these startling numbers, endometriosis is often overlooked or misdiagnosed, with those afflicted often enduring lengthy diagnostic delays lasting years.
With such alarming statistics, the founders of Worldwide EndoMarch have taken action by creating a worldwide endometriosis awareness movement wherein people from around the world – sufferers and supporters alike – can join together on March 25, 2017, World Endometriosis Day, to raise awareness.
Endometriosis occurs when tissue – similar to the lining of the uterus – grows in other areas of the body. The tissue is linked to the woman's hormonal cycle but unlike a period, the tissue remains in the body and bleeds, forming adhesions, lesions and cysts. And while it most commonly affects the reproductive system, its debilitating effects can impact many organs and structures including the lungs, bladder, bowel, diaphragm, nerves, and muscles, causing crippling pain, organ damage, infertility, and other severe and sometimes life-threatening medical complications.
Organizations like Worldwide EndoMarch seek to raise awareness about the incurable ‘invisible’ disease with their upcoming 4th annual march – taking place simultaneously in more than 56 cities worldwide.
The march hopes to not only raise awareness about endometriosis and its effects on women and girls, but also hopes to educate the medical community in order to encourage early detection and improved treatments, to improve health screenings for endometriosis among girls and young women in public schools, and to bring attention to the disease in order to secure government funding for endometriosis research.
Visit Worldwide Endometriosis March for more information and to learn how you can get involved in the fight for endometriosis recognition and research. If you or someone you know has been affected by endometriosis but struggles with infertility, please contact REACH at 888.551.0874. We have several options to help you achieve your family goals.