March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month

March 4, 2019
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March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month

About 1 in 10 women will have endometriosis in their lifetime, with the severity depending on how it will affect their life. As common as endometriosis is, there are high chances that you likely know someone or maybe even multiple women who have suffered or continue to suffer from endometriosis. March is the official health awareness month for National Endometriosis Awareness. Click to continue reading more about the nature of endometriosis and how it can affect women.

What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition in which the lining of the uterus grows in other parts of the body. Endometrial tissue, despite being in other parts of the body, will still shed monthly as it is part of the menstrual cycle. The symptoms include painful periods, excessive bleeding, pain in the bowels, and infertility. Up to half of women who have endometriosis will have trouble conceiving. Unfortunately women with endometriosis, also have a heightened risk of ovarian cancer. If you think you have endometriosis, or a condition closely associated, please make an immediate appointment with your OBGYN, or go to the emergency room.

How Can Endometriosis Be Treated?

Endometriosis needs to be diagnosed through a pelvic exam, ultrasound, MRI, or a laparoscopy. There are many treatments currently being used, and it depends on what feels most comfortable for the patient. Some women take pain medication or participate in hormone therapy. Some women have surgeries to remove the endometriosis, and some women have a hysterectomy.

Celebrities Who Have Endometriosis

Celebrities are just like regular people who suffer the same diseases as everyone else. Many celebrity women have come forward with their endometrial struggles. One of the largest endometrial advocators is Lena Dunham. Over the last few years, Dunham has publicly documented her journey with endometriosis and as far as having a hysterectomy- or the complete removal of her uterus. Some celebrities who have endometriosis include Cyndi Lauper, Jillian Michaels, Whoopi Goldberg, Susan Sarandon, Julianne Hough, Padma Lakshmi, Hillary Clinton, and Dolly Parton.

Final Thoughts

Do you or someone you know have endometriosis? Have you ever gotten a hysterectomy?  Did you go into early menopause? Is there anything you would like to comment on so that others suffering can listen, and perhaps have hope and knowledge that they are not alone? Comment below about endometriosis, or any other topic that you would like our blog to cover.

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