Endometriosis affects more than 200 million worldwide, and over 5 million women in the United States alone. On March 13, 2014, the first Worldwide Endo March will take place in over fifty-three cities in forty-five countries all over the world. The aim of the Endo March is:
- “To unite women and their supporters to take a stand against endometriosis”
- “To raise awareness about endometriosis and its effects on women and girl”
- “To educate and train members of the medical community, in order to promote early detection and improved treatment”
- “To find a cure for endometriosis, and to develop non-invasive diagnostic test”
- “To improve health screenings for endometriosis among girls and young women in public schools”
- “To work with our government and congress to allocate funding for endometriosis”
There are a variety of ways you can become involved in supporting the event and those suffering from endometriosis. To start, you can help spread the word by posting about the event on social media so friends and family can learn more about the march, while also raising awareness about the condition. Secondly, for those living in the U.S., the organization that runs the Endo March is currently looking for volunteers. You can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information on volunteering. Please click on the following link if you’d like even more information about how you can get involved in the Worldwide Endo March.
Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue that would usually grow inside the uterus grows outside of it. Since the tissue is not able to exit the body like it normally would during menstruation, it results in pain and inflammation for the woman. Endometriosis is usually diagnosed during a woman’s reproductive years, with symptoms tending to decrease after menopause.
Symptoms of Endometriosis include:
- Very painful menstruation
- Pain in the lower back and abdominals
- Pain during/after intercourse
- Painful bowel movements/bloody stool
Although, there are some treatment options available to help alleviate some of the symptoms, currently there is no cure for endometriosis. Therefore it is critical that those who suffer from the condition are able to obtain the support needed to cope. It’s also important that those with the condition are educated about it; knowing as much as they can about the disease. . For more information about endometriosis and the treatment options currently available, please contact the specialists at PGOMG.