The Endometriosis Association initiated Endometriosis Awareness Month in 1993. What started as a small-scale campaign is observed worldwide today. The month and day are dedicated to raising awareness, promoting research, and addressing the stigma that comes with endometriosis in the form of infertility.
Endometriosis is as prevalent as diabetes and can be found in one out of every 10 women in India. According to the Endometriosis Foundation of India, more than 25 million women are estimated to be suffering from the disease in the country.
Timely detection and intervention can give patients a chance to treat the symptoms before they get out of control and require surgery. Women affected by endometriosis are also likely to have difficulty conceiving. It is uncertain how the disorder directly leads to infertility.
Chronic pelvic pain
Pain during and/or after sexual intercourse
Painful bowel movements
Depression or anxiety
Abdominal bloating and nausea
5 Facts about Endometriosis
Endometriosis affects women mostly in their reproductive years (ages 12-52).
It usually takes eight years from the onset of symptoms to get a proper diagnosis. Severe abdominal pain present outside of the menstrual cycle is a major symptom. Pregnancy and the increase in progesterone levels often relieve symptomsStudies have suggested a possible genetic component.