Making a Positive Difference.
Endometriosis is an often painful disease affecting an estimated 176 million individuals around the world. As an inclusive organization striving to address the wide-ranging impact of the condition, including among teens and adolescents, gender diverse people and caregivers of those affected by endometriosis, we work on many national, international and regional initiatives through global collaborations and dedicated local groups such as the EndoCenter of Seattle. Endometriosis goes beyond age, gender identity, race and socioeconomic status, affecting people from all backgrounds. Mistakenly stigmatized as merely “painful periods,” endometriosis is far more than just “killer cramps” – the far-reaching impact of the disease negatively impacts all of society, with healthcare cost burdens soaring into the billions. Endometriosis is also often mistaken for other diseases and symptoms are frequently dismissed, leading to a ten year or longer delay in diagnosis. The ERC has worked tirelessly since 1997 to make a positive difference in the lives of all those living with endometriosis. The ERC is also pleased to be a partner of the EndoWhat? Coalition. Look around our site, and let us know how we can help you.
March is Endometriosis Awareness Month
We are very pleased to support EndoWhat?, the leading endometriosis documentary (part 2 coming soon!) featuring knowledge straight from the experts to help you become educated and empowered over the disease. Proceeds from sales of this groundbreaking movie will also help fund critical educational efforts for school nurses and health care providers; your support of the film supports efforts to change the lives of thousands of individuals with endometriosis. Learn more about the movie here and watch now by clicking on ‘buy’ below:
Could you have endometriosis? Any of the following common symptoms (not a complete list) may be indicative:
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Pelvic pain that gets worse after sex or a pelvic exam
- Chronically heavy or long periods
- Bowel or urinary disorders, often associated with periods
- Painful sexual activity, particularly with penetration
- Significant lower back pain, sometimes worsening with menses
- Allergies, migraines or fatigue (may worsen with menses)
- Crippling menstrual pain
- Collapsed lung (lung endometriosis)
Thank you to Commander Susan Pierce Richards, DNP, artist Angie Whitney and the Selah Fun Runners for their generous support of the ERC’s website design.
In Remembrance of Mary Susan Prenger
ERC Legislative Coordinator
August 24 1971-February 22 2015
Always in our Hearts