(RxWiki News) As Endometriosis Awareness Week wraps up in some countries, others will continue to highlight the condition all month long.
Endometriosis affects the reproductive systems of 176 million women worldwide and is the biggest cause of infertility in women.
Currently, no known cure exists for endometriosis but it can be treated with medication and surgery. Becoming pregnant can also relieve symptoms from the disease.
"Ask your doctor about endometriosis therapies."
In endometriosis, the lining of a woman's uterus grows out into other parts of the body, often including the ovaries, bladder, bowels and space between the vagina and rectum.
The condition can cause painful periods, chronic pain, abdominal bleeding and pain during or after having sex, among a number of other symptoms. More serious but rare cases have been found on the diaphragm and in the lungs.
During the month of March, local, regional and national communities call for donations, contributions and other investments for endometriosis research and treatment.
Numerous events will be held across the US in the coming weeks, including the fourth annual Scientific and Surgical Symposium and the Blossom Ball by the Endometriosis Foundation of America from March 9-11 and the Selah Community FunD Run 5K on March 23.
The events will report the latest developments in and raise funds for endometriosis research. Past events included a Tweet Chat with the Endometriosis Research Center on March 8.
Events around the globe include a sausage sizzle in Brisbane, Australia, lighting the National Hospital in Iceland in yellow and free consultations by clinicians and specialists in Poland.
Other awareness events will be held in Brazil, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Puerto Rico, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK.