Millions Of Women Suffer From A Debilitating Disease You've Never Heard Of
Endometriosis affects one in ten American women, often causing debilitating pain that keeps them from work or school, yet little is known about the disease. Endometriosis is a condition in which pieces of tissue similar to the lining of the uterus--the endometrium--grow outside of the womb. When a woman menstruates, endometriosis tissue sheds as well, but without having a way out of the body, it forms scar tissue, cysts and adhesions in the abdomen. A recent article in The Guardian argues that despite its prevalence, research for endometriosis is drastically underfunded:
Where diabetes received more than $1 billion in funding each year from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) last year, endometriosis received just $7m. That is down from $14m in 2011. To put that into perspective, for each person believed to have diabetes in the United States, the NIHspends $35.66 annually. For each woman with endometriosis, the NIH spends $0.92.
And some women are still having a hard time convincing others - even their doctors - to take their symptoms seriously.