Endometriosis affects women and girls of all ages. It is an estrogen-dependent chronic disease with no cure, that can potentially cause incapacitating pain, organ failure, infertility and other severe medical consequences. It is clinically defined as the presence of endometrial-like tissue found outside of the uterus.
Although it is rarely spoken about in the news, endometriosis is fairly common, affecting an estimated 10 to 15 percent of women and girls, and is the leading cause of gynecological hospitalization in the United States.
Due to widespread misinformation about endometriosis and a lack of the use of fairly simple diagnostic tools in schools, diagnosis continues to be delayed on the average of about ten years. Although there is currently not a definitive test or cure for endometriosis, education is the key to finding effective, individualized treatment. That is why we are launching our endometriosis educational program “Operation HOPE”. This program aims to not only educate young girls and their parents about endometriosis, but it will build self-esteem and boost inner confidence in young women. Operation HOPE Ambassadors, along with a school nurse will be available to meet with girls and their parents about the signs, symptoms and if needed, treatments available for endometriosis. The sooner a girl is taught about her body & how it functions, and about the signs and symptoms of endometriosis, the more effective treatment can begin if needed.
If you are interested in having an Ambassador present at your school or function, please contact the program coordinator, Judy Mitchell, at (757) 508-2386.