What is Endometriosis ?
Endometriosis is a debilitating disease where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus forming nodules, cysts, and lesions. Endometriosis is a whole body disease and can be found in every organ of the body such as the pelvic region, reproductive sites, bladder, appendix, bowels and lungs.
Symptoms may include chronic pelvic pain, depression, back pain, heavy periods, menstrual cramps, infertility, bloating, pain with sexual activity, painful bowel movements and nausea.
Who does it affect?
1 in 10 individuals assigned female at birth have endometriosis. This is equivalent to 1 million Canadians. on average it takes just over five years for a diagnosis. This can even be delayed by up to 20 years. Due to this delay, many in Canada choose to seek care in other countries. Those of us with endometriosis are very likely to miss school and work.
What are the causes? Is there a cure?
There is no definitive cause nor cure for endometriosis. Patients use an approach to deal with symptoms by opting for surgery, medical intervention (both physical and mental) and the support of others. A diagnostic laparoscopy is the "gold standard" and only way to diagnose endometriosis.
Who are we?
Endometriosis Events, strive to create awareness among the public and medical profession. We want to make a difference so endo patients can have a more comfortable quality of life, earlier diagnosis and therefore intervention. Speaking about this disease is an important part of the path to awareness. Endometriosis Events is committed to educating youth, about endometriosis, in schools.