March is Endometriosis Awareness Month

Endometriosis is an inflammatory condition where endometrial tissue (tissue similar to the lining of the uterus) grows outside of the uterus.

It is estimated that 1 in 10 women, have endometriosis (Zondervan 2020). Endometriosis frequently presents with the symptom of pain including dysmenorrhea (painful periods), dyspareunia (pain during sexual intercourse), and chronic pelvic or abdominal pain.

Endometriosis can cause infertility and for women with subfertility the prevalence rate ranges from 25% to 40%.

Yellow is universally known to be the color for endometriosis awareness, but why? “Yellow was the color already established as the color for endometriosis starting in 1980, with the publishing of our first popular yellow brochure,” Ballweg explains.

The resilience of wattle represents the spirit of the resilience of *women with endometriosis.

The plant itself withstands a lot of hardship and remains strong but has delicate, soft flowers. This strength and delicacy of the wattle reflect the strength and femininity of women with endometriosis.

There are four stages of endometriosis: minimal, mild, moderate, or severe endometriosis. Minimal endometriosis also called stage 1 endometriosis, and is characterized by isolated implants and no significant adhesions.

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