Monday, March 03, 2014

Endometriosis Awareness 2014

Today kicks off Endometriosis Awareness Week (March 3rd-9th) so I thought I would share a little bit about what endometriosis is and how it effects fertility.  I had a small amount of endometriosis removed when I had my laparoscopy done back in October.  I had no idea that I had it.  I was diagnosed with Stage I mild/moderate endometriosis.  

Endometriosis can be a very painful, chronic disease affecting 6.3 million American women.  It occurs when the tissue that that lines the uterus (the endometrium) is found on the outside of the uterus.  The displaced tissue grows into lesions which can lead to internal bleeding, and inflammation.  It can cause, pain, infertility, scar tissue formation, adhesions, and bowel problems.  Yeah, it's a bitch.  The real kicker is that the cause is unknown. via

It can have a devastating effect on the quality of life due to the painful symptoms, and it is the leading cause of infertility in women.  It carries a huge personal and societal cost.  Awareness to highlight these issues--and to call for investment into research is happening within local communities regionally and nationally and provides and opportunity to raise funds for research into better treatments. You can visit to learn more about raising awareness of "the invisible disease".   

This is actually a picture taken during my surgery.  That small purple/blue lesion is endometriosis.  It really doesn't look like much, and it really doesn't look like that little blob is the reason I haven't been able to have a baby, but it is.  It's a huge reason.  I'm very lucky that I am only Stage I mild/moderate.  Dr. G was able to remove it pretty easily, and I have never had any painful symptoms, but there are many women out there who do experience chronic pain, fatigue, and other symptoms that can keep them from functioning normally.  
According to Endometriosis.Org there really is little research to support that endometriosis causes fertility problems, but it's the general consensus that women with endometriosis may have a harder time becoming pregnant.  

There's a lot of theories, there's a lot of research, but I am a strong supporter of awareness.  I feel like I'm raising awareness to endo and infertility every time I blog about our journey.  Throughout the month of March (and all year long!) you can wear yellow to show your support for Endometriosis Awareness!  Be sure to post your pics to Instagram (follow me! @lenaridley) and Twitter using hashtags #endometriosis #endendo #endometriosisawareness2014 #endoMarch2014 and any other hashtag you can come up with!  Let's kick infertility's ass!


  1. you totally just inspired me to write a post ;) now if I can find the time this
    thinking about you and your tcc

  2. I love how your are sharing your story and bringing awareness! We are just starting down the infertility path again, although not to your extent yet. I'll be thinking about you!

  3. Great post, thanks for the info :)

  4. Great post! Thank you for spreading awareness. My husband and I have been trying for 14 months. I have more tests coming up to figure out what is wrong. Doctors are thinking Endo or pcos. The journey has been difficult, but I am glad I found your blog. Keep up the great posts!

  5. Thank you for sharing. I'm so glad your doctor was able to remove and treat yours before it got worse.

  6. thank you for sharing this!! I also have endo and just had surgery a month ago for it. can't wait to catch up on your blog and keep following along!

  7. Thank you for sharing this! So very important and such an awful disease.


Thank you for commenting on my blog! I read & try to reply to every comment via e-mail so if you don't get a reply from me you might be a no-reply blogger!

Blog Design by Imagination Designs
Graphic by OctopusArtis