April Is Adenomyosis Awareness Month
Adenomyosis is a common benign uterine disorder, but the understanding of its etiology and symptoms is still quite nascent. Many of its symptoms often overlap with those of endometriosis making diagnosis difficult. April is adenomyosis awareness month to raise awareness about the condition among the general public, healthcare professionals, and policy-makers.
What is adenomyosis?
In adenomyosis, the endometrial cells start to grow inside the uterine muscle wall. This can cause damage to the wall and lead to the enlargement of the uterus.
Many adenomyosis patients are asymptomatic but those who are not, experience severe recurrent pain, heavy menstrual bleeding, infertility, or miscarriages.
Why raising awareness about adenomyosis is important?
Many women think that heavy bleeding and severe pain during periods are normal. Often, they would have been advised by their mothers that the pain will subside on its own and that there is no need to panic. However, nothing could be farther from the truth.
Another misconception among the general public and even among gynecologists is that hysterectomy is the only option to fully treat adenomyosis. While that holds true if the uterus is beyond repair, most cases of adenomyosis do not require complete uterine removal. Removing the uterus does not alleviate the often co-existing symptoms of endometriosis and fibrosis that can develop in pelvic and extra-pelvic regions as well.
Raising awareness about adenomyosis among the general public, healthcare professionals, and policymakers can therefore ensure women are diagnosed and treated in a timely and correct manner. It can also help increase funding for future research to improve diagnostic and treatment approaches.
How can I help raise awareness about adenomyosis?
Community participation is the key to effectively fighting any disease. And is definitely the need of the hour for a disease as complex as adenomyosis. Volunteering or donating to organizations focusing on adenomyosis and endometriosis is one way to participate.
Social media is a great tool and makes it easy to network with others with adenomyosis from around the world. You can share your personal story and be your own advocate while also learning a lot from others’ experiences.
Also, consider being part of support groups. This can help and impress upon your local leaders the need to increase awareness about this disease and why it matters for public health.
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