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Endometriosis – starting a conversation for change
28 February 2014
In Australia more than half a million women suffer from Endometriosis. It is a condition where tissue, which normally lines the uterus, is found in abnormal sites around the body. The tissue is most often found in the pelvis. These deposits can cause a number of symptoms such as pelvic pain and infertility.
International Endometriosis Awareness Month is in March and this year is the inaugural March into Yellow campaign organised by Endometriosis Australia.
The organisation’s founders Jodie Dunne (above) and Donna Ciccia are encouraging everyone to get behind Endometriosis Awareness Month this March by wearing yellow.
“Globally, awareness around Endometriosis is signified by the colour yellow. We’ve set a ‘yellow challenge’, encouraging people to incorporate yellow into their outfits as much as possible during March,” explains Jodie of the organisation’s mandate to raise awareness around, educate and raise funds for research into Endometriosis.
“Our hope is the month will get people talking; and that’s what we really want – less silent suffering and more conversation about Endometriosis. We also support the US initiated Million Women March, Endo March, which is marking global awareness of a disease that affects so many women no matter where they live and their socio-economic status,” says Jodie.
To participate in March into Yellow, our Australian fund and awareness raiser, you need to:
Decide to participate (pick the amount of time – day, week, month)
Add something yellow to your outfit (it can be subtle or completely over the top – it’s up to you)
Take photos of your March into Yellow inspired outfits
Share your photos with Endometriosis Australia via social media Facebook - Endometriosis Australia, Instagram – EndometriosisAustralia, Twitter - @EndometriosisAu
“Organisations and individuals can get involved, setting up challenges as well as donating. The point is to start a conversation,” says Jodie.
Visit http://www.marchintoyellow.org.au/ for further information.
Facts about Endometriosis
There is NO cure for Endometriosis
Teenagers are NOT too young to have Endometriosis
Endometriosis can NOT be prevented
Endometriosis does NOT always cause infertility
Period pain is NOT normal
Hysterectomy is NOT a cure for Endometriosis
Getting pregnant will NOT cure Endometriosis
Endometriosis can ONLY be correctly diagnosed through surgical intervention.
Pain levels are NOT related to the extent of the disease
Endometriosis is NOT an STI. You can NOT catch it.