Endometriosis Awareness Month
Endometriosis affects an estimated 1:10 women. The disease is NOT confined to females who menstruate. Endometriosis is traditionally referred to as a female reproductive disease. However the disease has been identified in females before they begin menstruation and after menopause, animals who do not menstruate, transgender males and cis-persons.
Endometriosis has been identified in all (11) body systems. Expanding evidence reveals systemic inflammation that affects tissues and organs outside of the female reproductive disease in 20% to nearly half of women affected. Disease outside of the reproductive system most frequently involves the digestive, urinary/excretory and respiratory systems. Symptoms may include any of the following (list not exhaustive) include: Heavy flow menstrual cycles; pain at menses unrelieved with over-the-counter pain relievers; painful bowel movements and/or urination; irregularities of bowels (constipation/diarrhea) or urinary symptoms (retention, frequency, recurrent infections), nausea; vomiting; cyclic chest pain; shortness of breath, coughing blood, recurrent lung collapses and more. Symptoms occur/peak at time of menstruation but may also appear at ovulation and throughout each month at less intensity.
To learn more general information about endometriosis visit: endometriosis.org. To learn more about disease outside of the reproductive system, and support a local budding non-profit organization, please visit: ExtrapelvicNotRare, Inc.