Endometriosis Awareness Month
March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, dedicated to raising awareness of this disease that affects 1 in 9 Australian women, and many others who are transgender or gender diverse, or remain undiagnosed or misdiagnosed.
What is endometriosis? It occurs when cells that are similar to the ones that line your uterus grow in other areas of the body.
The symptoms of endometriosis can have a debilitating effect on quality of life. Diagnosis and treatment options are often invasive and uncomfortable, and there is no cure. Yet.
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Endometriosis symptoms quiz
Ever wondered, do I have endometriosis? Consider these five questions to find out if you have symptoms that could be related to endometriosis.
- Do you experience frequent pain in your lower back or pelvic area before or during your period that interferes with your everyday activities?
- Do you often have pain when you go to the toilet before or during your period?
- Do you experience pain with sex?
- Are your periods very heavy, or do you experience bleeding between your periods?
- Do you experience significant fatigue that affects your ability to take part in your usual day to day activities?
Note: This is not a validated test for endometriosis and answers should not be taken as a diagnosis.
Answered “Yes” to 1 or more of these questions? Your symptoms may be related to endometriosis. Discuss your symptoms with your GP and ask for a referral to the Julia Argyrou Endometriosis Centre at Epworth for further investigation and possible treatment.
Answered “No” to all of these questions but still have other symptoms or concerns? It is still important to talk to your doctor or a trusted health professional about them.
Where to find help
If you have endo, or you’re concerned about symptoms that could be related to endo, the Julia Argyrou Endometriosis Centre at Epworth is here for you.
Our network of specialist gynaecologists, dedicated endometriosis nurse coordinator and allied health clinicians provide holistic care, evidence-based support and clinical expertise. We are also building an ambitious research program to find better diagnosis and treatment options for people with endometriosis, and hopefully, a cure.
Instagram story templates
What do you want people to know about endometriosis? Use our specially designed Instagram story template for your own message to friends and followers and you could win a luxurious care pack, including skincare must-haves and a wearable heat pack.
How to enter to win one of 3 care packs:
- Open and save one of 3 Instagram story templates:
- Fillable – This Endometriosis Awareness Month, I want people to know…
- Infographic – MYTH Period pain is normal
- Fillable – It took me __ years to be diagnosed with endometriosis. It averages 7-10 YEARS
- What is endometriosis
- What causes endometriosis
- What are the symptoms
- What are the risk factors
- Myths surrounding endometriosis
- Epworth Endometriosis Patient Guide