March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month.
Endometriosis is a progressive disease that affects over 176 million women worldwide. In women with this condition, the endometrial tissue lining the inside of the uterus grows outside the uterus and attaches to other abdominal cavity organs such as the fallopian tubes or ovaries. Symptoms often include abnormal and painful menstrual bleeding, pain during or after sexual intercourse and infertility.
According to Endometriosis.org, an estimated 1 in 10 women are affected in their reproductive years. They add that diagnosis is often delayed due to general lack of awareness of the condition by women and healthcare providers, due to a normalization of symptoms after first being experienced. Organizations such as SpeakEndo.com are encouraging women to speak up about their symptoms and experiences to increase awareness around this disease.
While endometriosis is incurable and can reoccur after treatment, Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey (RSCNJ) doctors can offer care to minimize pain and to help achieve pregnancy. Our physicians will determine the best treatment plan for you according to the stage of endometriosis. This may include medication or surgery, or a combination of both.