Endometriosis Awareness is an annual event aimed at raising awareness about endometriosis, a medical condition that affects an estimated 176 million people worldwide, or roughly one in ten women of reproductive age. Endometriosis for many can be a chronic and painful condition. It occurs when the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus (called the endometrium) grows outside of it, often on the ovaries, and fallopian tubes, and can sometimes spread to other organs in the pelvis.
The condition itself can cause a wide range of physical symptoms, including severe pelvic pain, heavy or irregular menstrual periods, pain during sex, and infertility. And often these symptoms can significantly impact a person's quality of life, causing them to miss work or school, and disrupt their social and personal relationships. This may lead to feelings of isolation, depression and anxiety.
It’s quite understandable to see why endometriosis can also have a profound effect on a person's mental health. Research suggests that people with endometriosis are at an increased risk of developing depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders. This may be due to the chronic pain and other physical symptoms of the condition, as well as the social and emotional stressors that often accompany a diagnosis of endometriosis.
Although living with endometriosis can be a difficult and isolating experience, there are ways to manage the physical and emotional symptoms of the condition and it is always important to seek professional advice if you believe you may have symptoms or would like to seek support in managing your diagnosis and mental health.
There is still a lot to learn about this condition and by working together to increase awareness and understanding of it, we can help to ensure that everyone affected by endometriosis receives the support and education they need to live a full and healthy life.