Endometriosis Awareness Month


WHEREAS, endometriosis is one of the most common gynecological diseases, affecting at least 5 million women in the United States; and

WHEREAS, endometriosis most commonly affects women in their 30s and 40s who have never had children or who have a female relative with the disease; and

WHEREAS, endometriosis can be characterized by infertility and digestive problems, chronic pelvic and intestinal pain, which may lead to depression, tiredness, and irritability, that places a heavy burden on interpersonal relationships and productivity in the workplace; and

WHEREAS, endometriosis growths are benign, but can cause serious health problems; and

WHEREAS, many women who suffer from endometriosis face misdiagnosis, financial burden, emotional distress, side effects of hormonal treatment therapies, and sometimes numerous surgeries; and

WHEREAS, a group of women from EndoMarch Team Virginia and Yellow HOPE will participate in the 3rd annual International March for endometriosis awareness; and

WHEREAS, Endometriosis Awareness Month is an opportunity to garner support for further research of the disease, and increased education about and mindfulness of the symptoms that affect women with endometriosis;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize March 2016 as ENDOMETRIOSIS AWARENESS MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.