Making a Positive Difference.
Endometriosis is an often-painful disease affecting an estimated 176 million individuals around the world (WERF). The disease goes beyond age, gender, race and socioeconomic status. Mistakenly stigmatized as merely “painful periods,” endometriosis is far more than just “killer cramps.” The far-reaching impact of the disorder negatively impacts all of society – indeed; staggering costs associated with it soar near an estimated $119 billion annually (EndoCost Consortium). Endometriosis is often mistaken for other diseases, and frequently takes ten or more years to diagnose correctly due to lack of education and dismissal of pain and symptoms. The ERC has worked tirelessly since 1997 to make a positive difference in the lives of all those affected by endometriosis. We work on national, international and regional initiatives through global collaborations and the work of our dedicated regional groups such as the EndoCenter of Seattle. The ERC is also pleased to be a partner of the EndoWhat? Coalition.
BREAKING NEWS: Thanks to Endo What? working tirelessly with Senator Elizabeth Warren and Senator Orrin Hatch on a groundbreaking, bi-partisan initiative to create widespread awareness and meaningful change for the millions of people living with endometriosis, endometriosis will now receive research funding from the Dept. of Defense for the first time in history! Learn more here!
March is Endometriosis Awareness Month
We are very pleased to support EndoWhat?, the leading endometriosis documentary 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 symptoms 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 with menses
- Allergies, migraines or fatigue that tends to worsen around menses
- Crippling menstrual pain
- Catamenial pneumothorax (lung endometriosis)
A heartfelt thank you to Commander Susan Pierce Richards, DNP, artist Angie Whitney and the Selah Fun Runners for their incredibly generous efforts to support the redesign of the ERC’s website and technical upgrades. We couldn’t have done it without you!
In Rememberance of our own
ERC Legislative Coordinator
Mary Susan Prenger
August 24 1971-February 22 2015
Always in our Hearts