Endometriosis Awareness Month

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March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. 

Endometriosis, sometimes called endo, is a disease characterized by the presence of tissue resembling endometrium (the lining of the uterus) outside the uterus. It causes a chronic inflammatory reaction that may result in the formation of scar tissue (ex. adhesions, fibrosis) within the pelvis and other parts of the body. It's a whole-body disease—endo has been found on every organ in the body! 

Many times, doctors dismiss patients' symptoms as "just a bad period" and do not try to figure out what is causing their pain.   For a disease that affects about 200 million women worldwide (and approximately 1 out of every 10 women in the United States!), this disease does not get a lot of attention. 

I do not have endo, but I have an expert helping me with this blog post: my daughter Olivia. After over two years of “mystery” pain, she was diagnosed with endo last year. For those of you who do have this chronic disease, you know that getting a diagnosis is sometimes a harrowing, long-fought battle. Olivia went through many invasive tests to “rule out” what her condition was not before learning what it was. Many women go through years (7-10, on average), to find the proper diagnosis for their pain and suffering. Thankfully, Olivia had the tenacity to advocate for herself and get a diagnosis that was accurate. However, even after being diagnosed, she is continuing to figure out what will help her reduce her pain.  

If you'd like to learn more about endometriosis, we have several resources that you may find useful. Check out the book list below for some suggestions from our collection, or request an item that we don't have here. We also have a thorough e-resource called Rosen Health and Wellness available on our website that addresses health topics, including endo. 


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