Most women can remember when they were little girls and their mother’s told them about when they would get their monthly visitors. We member are mother’s telling us that: “ Known my dear when you get your monthly visitor that it may hurt some but not much and it will only last for a couple of weeks.” But what if this was not the case for you. What if your monthly cycle was plagued by unbearable pain that it left you unable to move, speak, or even landed you in the emergency room. What if this very rare disease has been affecting millions of women for years, but little is known about and worst yet little is being done to bring awareness about it.
While this is the sad story for millions of women who deal on a daily bases with the disease called endometriosis. Endometriosis is a disease that affects women’s menstrual cycle. The major of women this disease affects are Caucasian women who are either tall or thin women with a low BMI index. It is usually diagnosed in women between the ages of 25 -35, but has been found in women as young as eleven years old. The exact causes of this disease are unknown. Some of the symptoms are the following: pelvic pain, infertility, pain during intercourse, cramping during intercourse, pain in bowl movements, urination, lower abdominal pain, diarrhea, constipation, low back pain, chronic fatigue, irregular or heavy menstrual bleeding and blood in urine.
So has a disease that affects the fertility of women gone unnoticed by the mainstream media and society for so long? The answer is simple there is just not enough interested in it. The reason why I say this is because the recent Women’s March that happened on March 13, 2014 that was supposed to bring awareness to this female disease only had one thousand participators. This is a shock because the expected participations were to be one million women. This speaks volume to me because it means that even us women don’t see it as important of a cause like Breast Cancer. The reason for this is because Breast Cancer can be fatal and it deals with one of the main parts of a women’s body that identify her as a women. Whereas, endometriosis just deals with the menstrual cycle and a woman’s infertility, but it’s not fatal like breast cancer.
If this is going to be the continued viewed of this disease then it is going to be a very uphill battle to get it to be taking seriously among not only women, their male counterparts, but also the medical community as well. This means the lack of research on the disease, the lack of testing for it in young adolescence girls and more importantly the development of new treatments and medicine will go undiscovered to year’s maybe decades to comes, which is unfortunate for the many women who suffer from it now. However, this will prove to be a great lesson, which is if you don’t care about a cause as important as this one then no one else will.
March 21, 2014