The campaign was created to encourage women to learn more about the disease and understand its symptoms and causes. Some women with endometriosis don’t receive a diagnosis until six to 10 years after they start feeling the first symptoms.
The campaign seeks to educate women on how to work with their healthcare professional to identify and address symptoms.
Endometriosis involves tissue that normally grows inside the uterus growing outside of it. It is estimated to affect one in 10 women. Although it is one of the most common gynecologic diseases in the United States, knowledge about it is lacking, and it is a low priority in women’s health.
You can join the conversation about it online at #MEinEndo.
“After I was diagnosed with endometriosis in 2008, I talked about my symptoms with family and close friends and it led some of them to talk to a doctor about their own symptoms,” Hough, a two-time champion and judge on the TV hit “Dancing with the Stars,” said in a press release. “I am the ME in EndoMEtriosis and I’m here to show women what the face of this chronic and painful disease looks like. Endometriosis is a part of me, and it could be affecting you and many other women in your life.”
Endometriosis can cause such severe pain that it interferes with daily activities. The campaign website is a resource center. It includes a symptoms checklist and a symptom tracker that are meant to help women understand the impact that endometriosis can have on their lives.
“AbbVie is proud to work with Julianne Hough and to make this education campaign possible,” said Michael Norton, vice president and head of AbbVie’s U.S. medical affairs unit. “Although endometriosis cannot be cured, the pain associated with endometriosis can be managed upon proper diagnosis.”
The fourth Worldwide Endometriosis March (EndoMarch) will be Saturday, March 25. The event, which will take place in more than 47 countries, is aimed at giving women with endometriosis an opportunity to have their voices heard collectively.