“Endometriosis is notoriously difficult to diagnose because the symptoms are perverse. A woman with mild endometriosis can be in an agony for days every month (or every day for every month); women with the severe kind can have hardly any pain at all, like me.” ~ Rose George
Many people are willing to help when it comes to medical conditions such as cancer, AIDS, and autism, but there is also a holiday dedicated towards women’s health for a condition that not many know about. This condition is called Endometriosis, and it has its own month where women all over the world march and help raise money for an eventual cure. Read below to learn more about what Endometriosis is and how you can help take part in this cause.
History of Endometriosis Awareness Month
Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is also found elsewhere in the body, mainly in the abdominal cavity. It was first discovered microscopically by Karl von Rokitansky in 1860, although it was documented in medical texts more than 4,000 years ago. This condition affects 1 in 10 women per year are affected yet no one talks about it enough. Because of its condition, it can cause painful symptoms such as heavy menstrual periods, pain during or after sex, pain in the intestines and lower abdomen, and etc.
Endometriosis Awareness takes place across the globe during the month of March with a mission to raise awareness of a disease. According to Endometriosis.com, the condition affects an estimated 176 million women worldwide. Endometriosis.com is a global platform for women all over the world can get news and updates about research into the condition and links physicians, scientists, and researchers in the disease. Another website that hosts marches to end Endometriosis is EndoMarch, a fundraiser started by a Iranian family interested in medicine and wanted to help find a cure for the disease. Their organization hosts events all over the world for women to march in and help raise money for medical research.
How to Celebrate Endometriosis Awareness Month
Marches all across the globe to raise money for research. One thing that you can do to help is wear yellow and take part in a march near your local area. If you or a friend suffers from this condition, host an event where you and your friends can talk about what Endometriosis is and how you can help each other out. During the month hashtag #EndometriosisAwarenessMonth and help educate people about this condition.