Festivities kick off on Friday with Yellow Shirt Day! Be sure to come back and link up showing off your yellow endo warrior pride! We will also kick off the month with a great giveaway as well! We have nine amazing sponsors that will allow us to host giveaways every week throughout the campaign! Be sure to visit our sponsors and give them a big THANK YOU and show them some love!
Throughout the month, we hope to take each and every opportunity possible to help educate others about endometriosis to help raise awareness and well as provide support, encouragement, and community for those struggling with this awful disease on a daily basis!
Here are some facts that I hope you can find useful in helping to raise awareness throughout the month:
- Endometriosis is a disease in which the tissue similar to the lining inside the uterus (called endometrium), if found outside the uterus, where it induces a chronic inflammatory reaction that may result in scar tissue. It is primarily found on the pelvic peritoneum, ovaries, in the recto-vaginal septum, on the bladder, and the bowel.
- Endometriosis affects an estimated 176 million women worldwide in the prime of their lives; 8.5 million suffer in North America alone.
- It accounts for a significant loss of productivity of nearly 11 hours per woman, per week.
- Endometriosis remains a leading cause of chronic pelvic pain and infertility, and accounts for nearly half of the 600,000 hysterectomies performed annually – though many may be needless, as the disease is not cured by the removal of the reproductive organs.
- Endometriosis has the potential to significantly impair quality of life, sexual function and satisfaction, and negatively impacts relationships, emotional and physical health.
- Annual associated costs to society due to endometriosis range between $70-100 billion annually.
- Signs of endometriosis include crippling menstrual pain, pelvic pain that gets worse after sex or a pelvic exam, chronically heavy or long periods, bowel or urinary disorders associated with periods, painful sexual activity, particularly penetration, significant lower back pain with menses, and allergies, migraines or fatigue that tends to worsen around menses. (Facts and statistics from the Endometriosis Research Center)
What are some of the ways you plan on raising awareness this month? Are you excited?