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Endometriosis Awareness Month is an annual event organized by The Endometriosis Association. The aim of this month is to increase awareness of this common chronic disease through educational and fundraising events. 

The Endometriosis Association highlights endometriosis as a complex hormonal and immune chronic disease, affecting an estimated 89 million women and girls globally, leading to various symptoms, including pain. Despite lacking a cure and facing problematic treatments, awareness and education about the disease remain limited, contributing to a significant delay in diagnosis. Moreover, individuals with endometriosis and their families are at greater risk for several health disorders, emphasizing the urgent need for further research and awareness. Recognizing the Endometriosis Association as a crucial support network, the declaration acknowledges their efforts in advocating for the disease and establishing March as Endometriosis Awareness Month since 1993. 

Pain is one of the main symptoms of endometriosis. Endometriosis-associated pain (EAP) can have a large impact on quality of life. Women often experience

  • Painful periods
  • Pain during or after sexual activity
  • Painful urination/bowel movements during periods
  • Chronic abdominal and pelvic pain

According to a 2020 cross-sectional study published in the European Journal of Pain, women with endometriosis often experience persistent pelvic pain after surgery. Pelvic floor muscle spasm is very common, as well as sensitisation and myofascial dysfunction are widespread, beyond the pelvic region.*

On March 15th 2024, EFIC will host a webinar on “Endometriosis & Pain.” To learn more about recent research findings, you can register here.

To access detailed information about endometriosis, please visit the Endometriosis Awareness Month website