Let’s talk about endometriosis – 5 ways you can educate yourself and start the conversation
March is Endometriosis Awareness Month! With 1 in 9 women suffering from endometriosis at some point in their lives, there’s a good chance you may be experiencing this disease yourself or know someone who does.
For people with endo, the uterine lining grows outside of the uterus – ovaries, fallopian tubes, bowel and bladder – and can damage fertility. It’s even been found on muscles, joints, the lungs and brain. The pain is extreme, yet can be shrugged off as severe menstrual pain – even by doctors! With a lack of awareness and research into this pelvic health disorder, there’s a huge delay in diagnosis. Many develop symptoms as teenagers, but it’s not until their late twenties or thirties that they become aware of what endo even is.
#1 Educate yourself
Endometriosis Australia is a great place to start. Read stories from those with experiences with endo on their blog, learn more about living with endo through the podcast or read up on our co-director Jenny’s experience with endo on our blog. There are plenty of resources that are free to download and can help you to discover more about endometriosis: https://www.endometriosisaustralia.org/downloads
#2 Break the taboo
Open up conversations with family, friends and colleagues about endo. You could do this by bringing up a podcast topic you’ve heard or blog you’ve read about on Endometriosis Australia. Or, sport a yellow ribbon to spark conversations and raise awareness about endometriosis.
Encourage colleagues to wear yellow to increase awareness and raise funds for endometriosis research. Post snaps to your social media with the hashtags #MarchIntoYellow2021 #EndometriosisAustralia.
#3 Join an event
Join in on an event, or host your own! Gather your friends together and raise funds to help end Endo by hosting a high tea fundraiser. There are plenty of printable resources to help you make the event amazing like invitations, social media templates, thank you cards and even yellow bunting! Find them here: https://endoaustraliafundraiser.org.au/hightimefortea
Although large face-to-face gatherings have been cancelled for this year, you can join an Australia wide virtual event on the 27 March 2021. A panel of Australia’s finest endometriosis experts, including members of the Endometriosis Australia Clinical Advisory Committee, will be there. Keep a lookout next year for the big EndoMarch!
#4 Check in with your doctor
If you’re experiencing the signs and symptoms (see below) of endometriosis, check in with your doctor to learn whether or not you have it, treatment options for your lifestyle and how you can go about easing discomfort. It’s important to check in with a doctor because endometriosis can only be diagnosed through surgical intervention – and you’ll want to check whether your symptoms could have other causes such as ovarian cysts.
#5 Keep sharing your experiences
With 1 in 9 living with endometriosis, whether or not you have the condition, it’s helpful to understand the symptoms and experiences so you can support friends, family and colleagues. If you do have endo, joining a local support group, or a virtual meet up can be helpful to share your story and experiences and feel supported by others who understand what you’re going through.
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