The most thorough description I’ve found so far–goes way beyond the sound bytes most news outlets use. If you live in San Francisco or DC, or other international cities that are hosting a march, please consider participating in the Endo March.
Endometriosis is a chronic estrogen-dependent disease that can potentially cause incapacitating pain, organ failure, infertility, and other severe medical consequences. It was described in medical literature more than 300 years ago and was even alluded to in ancient medical texts from nearly 4,000 years ago. And, far from being a rare disease, it’s estimated that as many as 200 million women and pubescent girls from around the world have endometriosis.
For centuries the symptoms of endometriosis have been dismissed as a supposedly normal part of womanhood, nothing more than painful periods or cramps. However, endometriosis is a serious disease which can lead to serious medical consequences if inadequately treated. In fact, endometriosis actually shares some features with non-fatal cancers, such as the ability to spread throughout the entire body, potentially causing irreparable damage and disability (for an example of a non-fatal cancer, see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11880756). Recently, one study even…
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