Endometriosis Awareness Month

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March is Endometriosis Awareness Month; 31 days earmarked to increase awareness of this painful disease that often makes it difficult for women to conceive naturally. 

In this Today article, contributing writer Kait Hanson chronicles being diagnosed with endometriosis in her teen years, and her current journey to conceive. Endometriosis is a disease in which the tissue that lines the uterus, or endometrium, is found outside the uterus. It is a chronic, painful condition that most frequently involves a woman's ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the tissue lining of her pelvis. The tissue presents like normal endometrium, but because it has nowhere to exit from the body, it stays trapped, eventually developing scar tissue and adhesions. Treatment for endometriosis typically involves medication or surgery, but for some women, diagnosis can take years. 

Celebrities like Halsey and Amy Schumer have been open about their challenges to conceive (with Schumer noting that she and partner Chris Fischer are "thinking seriously about taking the surrogacy route" to expand their family.)