Endometriosis is a condition that affects more than 176 million women globally. It involves the abnormal growth of a type of tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (called “the endometrium”) in other parts of the body, such as the ovaries, the fallopian tubes, or the outer wall of the uterus.
The most common symptoms include painful periods, pelvic pain, abnormal bleeding, and difficulty with getting pregnant.
There are astounding statistics on endometriosis at a global level. Since pelvic pain or other symptoms are often belittled and blamed on normal aspects of womanhood, the average time for a woman to be correctly diagnosed is 10 years. Almost 70% of women were initially misdiagnosed with another condition.
Raising awareness around endometriosis is the first step towards making these numbers a thing of the past.