- Endometriosis awareness week is
celebrated annually worldwide in March.In 2017, it will be celebrated
from the 3rd to 9th March
- Nearly 176 million (ten percent) of
women worldwide suffer from endometriosis and we can choose to make a
difference in their lives.
Creating Endometriosis Awareness - How it
The first official National Endometriosis
Month was celebrated by the United States Congress in March 2002
. Since then many countries have joined in spreading
awareness and helping those affected by this condition.
In fact, since 2014 may countries worldwide organize
an 'Endometrial March'
to drive home the message to all women and their
families and the people at large. The fourth Worldwide Endometriosis March this year is being held on the 25th
to promote awareness about endometriosis.
‘Endometriosis awareness week is celebrated during March every year to raise global awareness, raise funds for research, and to educate and empower affected women.’
Like other disease conditions,
endometriosis too has the honor of being represented by a 'yellow ribbon'
to promote its awareness and the month of March has been chosen as the Endometriosis
Theme of Endometriosis Week - 2017
The main objectives of the Endometriosis
Week 2017 include
- Promoting -
More awareness about this disabling but little-known
- Highlighting -
What it entails to be a sufferer of this disease, its impact on the
families and carers of the patient
- Seeking -
Quality and affordable care and treatment for all women irrespective of
where they May live
- Creating -
understanding and spreading knowledge about endometriosis amongst the
medical profession, employers, education sector, politicians and the
society at large
An opportunity for anyone affected by this disease to participate in the
movement and make a difference.
What is Endometriosis?Endometriosis
refers to the condition where
the lining of the uterus (the endometrium) which is shed every month during the
periods occurs abnormally in extra-uterine sites such as the tubes, ovaries and
other sites in the abdomen and pelvis. It is a disabling condition affecting
the quality of life in women who suffer from this disease.
The cause of this condition is not known
and there is no definitive cure.
Facts and Figures About Endometriosis
- It is estimated that over 176 million or 10 percent of
womenfolk suffer from endometriosis. The costs incurred by the health care
system due to this disease are estimated to cross $ 1 billion annually
- Endometriosis leads to heavy and painful periods, chronic
fatigue, infertility, and urinary and bowel
problems as well. Many of these women suffer
from depression and are unable to carry on with their normal routine
activities seriously impacting
their personal and social life.
- Shockingly, it has been found that
on an average, for a diagnosis of
endometriosis to be made it takes about 7 years.
- Most women suffer silently unwilling
to talk about this painful and disabling condition since the society mistakenly perceives periods
and related phenomena as a normal part of a woman's life.
Endometriosis awareness campaigns hope to
raise awareness about this chronic and disabling condition, change perceptions
and offer support and understanding to women and their families.
Endometriosis Support Organizations
There are many support organizations that
provide information on the condition, the available treatments, how to cope and
most importantly offer a platform for women and their families to share their
experiences and to learn from other people's stories of how they coped with and
conquered this condition. These organizations also organize events
and fundraisers to raise money for endometriosis research to gain more insight
into the disease and offer the hope of a cure one day.
- Understanding Endometriosis - (https://www.endometriosis-uk.org/information)
- March is Endometriosis Awareness Month - (http://www.resolvenewengland.org/2012/03/march-is-endometriosis-awareness-month/)