March (and beyond) is international Endometriosis Awareness month. In Endometriosis Awareness 2018 the international elaborate on:

“Endometriosis Awareness takes place across the globe during the month of March (and beyond) with a mission to raise awareness of a disease which affects an estimated 176 million women worldwide”.

In Facts About Endometriosis the World Endometriosis Society; and the World Endometriosis Research Foundation’s definition of endometriosis is:

“Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue similar to the lining inside the uterus (called “the endometrium”) is found outside the uterus, where it induces a chronic inflammatory reaction that may result in scar tissue. It is primarily found on the pelvic peritoneum, on the ovaries, in the recto-vaginal septum, on the bladder, and bowel. In very rare cases it has been found on the diaphragm and in the lungs”.

Perseverance may be the key to receiving the correct diagnosis and treatment. In Endometriosis: Diagnosis the [Australian] Jean Hailes for Women’s Health elaborate on:

“If you think you have endometriosis, see your doctor who can refer you to a specialist gynaecologist. It is important not to delay seeing your doctor, as early diagnosis and treatment may reduce the severity of the disease. It is also important to know that many women often do not get a correct diagnosis for seven to ten years, because the symptoms can vary between women and can change over time. Diagnosis can also be delayed by period pain often being seen as normal by both the community and health professionals”.

Postmenopause or after menopause, endometriosis may go away. In Endometriosis: Does Endometriosis Go Away After Menopause? the Office on Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, explain:

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“For some women, the painful symptoms of endometriosis improve after menopause. As the body stops making the hormone estrogen, the growths shrink slowly. However, some women who take menopausal hormone therapy may still have symptoms of endometriosis.

If you are having symptoms of endometriosis after menopause, talk to your doctor about treatment options”.

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