March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month! Help us spread the word about this disease that affects millions of women around the world by wearing yellow, speaking out, encouraging awareness, and becoming involved.
On the west coast, in San Francisco, you can join Dr Camran Nezhat in the 4th Annual Worldwide EndoMarch on March 25, 2017. This march runs through the downtown area and has presentations and a huge following. Throughout the rest of the world you can find various marches and demonstrations in support of our cause. And because Endometriosis awareness continues to grow each year, there are plenty of ways to give support even if you can’t be there in person. Whether you’re a blogger or just have a personal social media page, you can help spread the word. Upload a photo to Instagram, make a post on Facebook.
The most common symptoms of Endometriosis include the following:
- moderate to severe pain during periods
- pain with intercourse
- painful bowel movements during periods
- diarrhea or nausea during periods
- frequent yeast infections
Remember that there is no cure for Endometriosis, nor is there any test or x-ray that can diagnose it. Suspected cases are only confirmed during laparoscopic surgery, and at that time, any endometriosis can be found and removed. Sometimes one surgery will be needed, but oftentimes presence of the disease returns and future laparoscopic surgeries will be needed. Management and maintenance are required for lifelong success and to manage any secondary issues (like Interstitial Cystitis or hormone imbalances).
If you would like to get involved in Endometriosis Awareness Month, visit www.endomarch.org to get started with some ideas. If you know someone who you suspect may have Endometriosis, I would love to make an appointment with her and get her treated. She can call our office at 530-332-9703 or visit my website (www.gldmd.com) for more information.