Endometriosis is an often misunderstood disorder affecting an estimated 176 million women and adolescents around the world, during what should be the prime years of their lives*. Commonly characterized by periods that may be so painful they interrupt your daily routine (along with other symptoms), endometriosis accounts for the leading cause of pelvic pain in women of all ages.  Though most women and girls experience some discomfort during menstruation, “killer cramps” are NOT normal – despite what the media, our friends and even well-intentioned loved ones may tell us.  Pain is the body’s way of saying something is wrong.  Symptoms that get in the way of your school, work, extracurricular or social life are an indication that something is going on...but there is something you can do about it!  You don't have to suffer in silence.  Talk to your doctor about getting diagnosis and effective treatment.  There is hope...and help!

                                                    
*Hummelshoj; World Endometriosis Research Foundation

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