2017 Endometriosis Awareness Month


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

WHEREAS, women in their 30s and 40s who have never had children or who have a female relative with the disease are most likely to be affected by endometriosis; and

WHEREAS, endometriosis occurs when endometrial tissue releases within the abdominal cavity often causing significant damage to the reproductive system and can also attach and damage other vital organs; and

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

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

WHEREAS, a group of women from EndoMarch Team Virginia and Virginia HOPE will participate in the 4th 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 2017 as Endometriosis Awareness month in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.