What Is Endometriosis Awareness Week?
Endometriosis Awareness Week is an annual public education and awareness campaign for an often unrecognized and untreated condition that affects a significant number of women. It is a campaign headed by endometriosis UK which is an organization whose vision is to improve the lives of people affected by endometriosis working towards a future where there is the least possible impact on women with the condition. In 2017, it will be on the 3rd of March up to the 9th of March wherein there will be events all over the globe. The problem is that many women who have endometriosis are suffering from the different symptoms because they have not been diagnosed properly and are therefore not receiving the proper treatment. Thus, they continue to suffer from the numerous symptoms of the condition.
Endometriosis is a condition that affects the endometrial tissue which is located outside the uterus. It is stuck in the pelvic area and lower part of the abdomen but rarely can affect other areas of the body as well.
The exact cause of endometriosis is still unclear but there are several possible explanations like retrograde menstruation, embryonic cell growth, surgical scar implantation, endometrial cells transport and immune system disorder.
The symptoms of endometriosis range from mild to severe including the following:
- Pelvic pain
- Menstrual cramping
- Pain in the lower back about 1 to 2 days before the beginning of the menstrual period
- Pain during sex
- Rectal pain
- Pain during bowel movements
- Treatment and Precautions
Treating endometriosis in most cases involves medications or surgery. The approach depends on the signs and symptoms along with their severity. It is also taken into consideration if the patient still plans to get pregnant or not. In general, doctors recommend conservative treatment first before surgery. This includes hormone therapy and the use of pain medications.
Purpose of Endometriosis Awareness Week
The main goal of Endometriosis Awareness Week is to raise awareness of the common condition. Many women are undiagnosed because they think the symptoms they are experiencing are normal parts of the menstrual cycle. In fact, one in ten women or more than 1.5 million women in the UK alone continue to endure an unrelenting pain that negatively affects the different aspects of their lives every day. This is because they are undiagnosed, so they are not receiving the proper treatment. It is important to recognize the different signs and symptoms of endometriosis so that women knew when it is time to consult their health care professional. With the proper treatment, pain can be controlled or completely eliminated and quality of life will be considerably improved.
It is also the goal of the public education and awareness campaign to raise awareness of the different signs and symptoms of the disease among health care professionals. This is so that doctors and other health care professionals can recognize the signs and symptoms of the disease early resulting in proper diagnosis. It also highlights the consequences of living with the disease and seeks a best practice and consistent care and treatment for everyone with endometriosis regardless of their location.
What You Can Do on Endometriosis Awareness Week?
There are many ways to help achieve the goals of Endometriosis Awareness Week and make a difference. Here are some examples from the past years:
- If you do not have time, you can just donate to organizations that aim to raise endometriosis awareness.
- You can print out brochures and flyers to help inform people about endometriosis.
- Host a dinner party for your friends for raising donations.
- Organize an event for raising awareness of the condition and collecting donations.
- Write an article for your local newspaper with important information on the condition.
- Urge your local officials to participate in Endometriosis Awareness Week.
- Print out Endometriosis Awareness Week posters and display them in public places.
- Post or tweet about Endometriosis and inform other people that it is Endometriosis Awareness Week.
- Start an organization in your community for raising awareness of the condition and providing support to those affected.
- Host a fundraising event for endometriosis patients and raising awareness of the condition.
- Contact your local television station for a public service announcement or segment for raising endometriosis awareness.
Message of Endometriosis Awareness Week
Endometriosis is a common condition that affects over 150 million women in the world. It can have devastating effects on the quality of life of a woman. The condition is commonly undiagnosed because women and health care professionals alike are not familiar with the different signs and symptoms. During Endometriosis Awareness Week, this is the time to increase awareness of the condition and educate the public about its different signs and symptoms which can help women get the right diagnosis and proper treatment.