Across the globe, the month of March is assigned to Endometriosis Awareness. Endometriosis is a disease that affects an estimated 176 million women worldwide, with a prevalence rate of 1 in 10.
Endometriosis occurs when the endometrium, the tissue that lines the uterus, occurs elsewhere in the body, in spots where it should not be. This is usually associated with chronic pelvic pain, notably painful menstruation. However, the impacts of endometriosis extend beyond period pain and often affect other aspects of a woman’s life and health, including mental and emotional wellbeing, fertility, financial status and relationship health.
Diagnosis is often delayed and many women will suffer for years before they are diagnosed and find the right treatment. Acupuncture and naturopathic support can have a significant beneficial effects on the symptoms and progression of endometriosis, and work well in conjunction with standard medical management.
During March, there are events happening across Australia to raise awareness and recognition of endometriosis. For more information on endo itself and the support that is available, a good resource to begin with is Endometriosis Australia.