What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a hormonal and immune system disease in which tissue (endometrium) like the inside lining of the uterus is also found in other areas of the body. It advances into growths that trigger pain, bleeding, formation of scar tissue and other medical problems.
- Painful periods
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Pain with sex
- Heavy or irregular bleeding
- Diarrhea and/or painful bowel movements during periods
Endometriosis cannot be confirmed in regular gynecological exams. Diagnosis is considered unclear until proven by laparoscopy, a surgical procedure done under anesthesia. A laparoscopy usually displays the location, size, and extent of the growths and can help the doctor and patient make better treatment choices.
Raising awareness of endometriosis
During Endometriosis Awareness Month, we are inspiring those with endometriosis and those who care for them to talk about the disease to educate the community, spread knowledge and end the pain.
In honor of Endometriosis Awareness Month, complimentary yellow ribbons and stickers which say, “Ask Me About Endo” are offered in English, Spanish, and French. Informational brochures in more than 30 languages are also available.