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Endometriosis Awareness

March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, endometriosis affects 11 percent of American women between 15 and 44. Endometriosis is when the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus, which may make it harder to get pregnant. Symptoms of endometriosis include pain, bleeding or spotting, infertility, and stomach problems. Endometriosis cannot be prevented, but you can reduce your chances of developing it by lowering the levels of estrogen in your body. You can take hormonal birth control, exercise regularly, and avoid large amounts of alcohol and caffeine. If you have any symptoms of endometriosis, talk with your doctor. Endometriosis has no cure, but treatments are available for the symptoms and problems that occur, including medicine and surgery. Women with endometriosis are still able to get pregnant but may find it harder to do so.

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