Howard University Sponsors Worldwide March for Endometriosis
WASHINGTON (March 16, 2015) – The Howard University Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology will serve as a local sponsor of the 2015 Worldwide March for Endometriosis. The EndoMarch will take place at Upper Senate Park on Saturday, March 28th from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The march will also take place simultaneously in more than 56 cities worldwide. Endometriosis is a disease that can cause severe pain, infertility and internal damage. Endometriosis affects an estimated 1 in 8 women and girls and often goes under diagnosed in African American women.
Help end the silence and raise awareness about endometriosis by joining the Howard University team at the inaugural EndoMarch.
- Lining of the uterus = endometrium. Found outside of the uterus, it’s endometriosis.
- Endometriosis affects #1in10 women.
- Not just painful periods. Other signs of endometriosis are heavy bleeding, constipation pain with sex, and infertility.
- Endometriosis is a common reason why women get a hysterectomy, with removal of the tubes and ovaries.
- On average, women with endometriosis are diagnosed almost ten years after they initially present with symptoms.
- The most common surgery to diagnose and treat endometriosis is laparoscopy.
- Laparoscopy is routinely offered at Howard University Hospital.
- Endometriosis can run in families.
- Endometriosis is classified into 1 of 4 stages depending on lesions, adhesions, and cysts known as endometriomas.
- Some women experience relief of endometriosis symptoms during pregnancy.
- Hormonal treatments may help endometriosis.
To find out more, join Howard University Hospital March 28th, as we march for endometriosis awareness and follow #HUBisonMarch4Endo on Twitter.