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Week of Endometriosis Information

It always falls for a week in March every year. This year falls on 4 March - 10 March 2019.

The Week for Endometriosis Information began in 1993. At that time, Mary Lou Ballweg and eight other women founded this week during their annual Round Table of the Endometriosis Association in Milwaukee. Mary Lou Ballweg and Carolyn Keith founded an association of endometriosis in 1980 and became one of the most successful endometriosis organizations. Initially, they were not successful because it was taboo and lack of research on the subject.

Endometriosis is a common cause of infertility. This is the most common gynecological disease in women of reproductive age. Endometriosis causes endometrial growth outside the uterus. There are several types of endometriosis (on the peritoneum, the ovaries, between the vagina and the rectum, adenomyosis).

Treatment is complex. First, using the laparoscopy, the operator attempts to remove the endometriosis bearing, and any abdominal cavity abnormalities can be destroyed. The place of storage and the size for the success of the procedure are important. Late recurrence can be caused by microscopic deposits that the operator can not see. After removing the bearings, the hormonal treatment comes along. The goal is to interrupt the menstrual cycle and mimic a condition similar to pregnancy and transition. Patients must also count on a number of side effects even if hormone treatment has good results. Nowadays, this disease is not curable but its effects and symptoms can be effectively mitigated or eliminated.

The goal of this week is to be aware of endometriosis, progress in healing and the search for new treatments. Raise awareness of this hidden and often unrecognized disease.

Signs of endometriosis include lower abdominal pain, inability to get pregnant, painful menstruation, painful intercourse. Uncommon symptoms include burning of organs located elsewhere than in the abdominal cavity, blood in urine or stool.