#WomensHealthWeek: Fighting Endometriosis

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Women’s Health Week is being celebrated between May 8 and 14, and endometriosis will be among the conditions highlighted. The disease is diagnosed mainly in women who are in their 30s and 40s. Endometriosis affects the female reproductive system, and there are estimated to be around 5 million patients with the condition in the US alone. Organizations, patients, and advocates throughout the country are using this week to fight diseases that attack women and raise awareness for women’s health.

The National Women’s Health Week was established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health with the purpose of empowering women to prioritize their health. During this week, the department is focused on helping women understand what to do to take action and increase their overall health. To do that, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health has launched a website where women can seek information according to their age group.

According to the department, women of all ages should visit a doctor regularly for a checkup and preventive screenings, get active, eat healthy, get enough seep and manage their stress levels, as well as avoid unhealthy behaviors like smoking, texting while driving, and not wearing a seatbelt or bicycle helmet in order to improve their overall physical and mental health. In addition, it is also important for women to be aware of potential signs of endometriosis.

Endometriosis is not possible to prevent since its causes are not fully understood. Moreover, the main symptoms of the disease are pain and infertility, which is associated with numerous causes and makes the diagnosis more difficult. However, it is important that women seek a physician when they suddenly start having menstruation-related pain, if pain interferes with the normal quotidian, if there is pain during sex, if there is a change in urination like pain, blood or inability to control the flow, when there is blood in the stools or painful bowel movements, as well as if a woman cannot get pregnant after trying for a year.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s Health also encourages women throughout the country to participate in the National Women’s Health Week. This can be done by spreading the word through social media using the hashtags #NWHM and #WomensHealthWeek, for which the department offers easy-to-use resources. Women can also join the National Women’s Health Week Thunderclap, take the National Women’s Health Week pledge, organize events or activities, and learn what steps can be done to have good health based on their age.

Learn more about endometriosis here: http://bit.ly/learnEndometriosis

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