Donate to Endometriosis Research, Patient Care and Education

Endometriosis is a disease in which the uterine lining grows outside of the uterus, causing severe pain, swelling, and in some cases, infertility. The uterine lining (called endometrium) is usually discharged during a normal menstrual cycle, but in the case of endometriosis, it grows in abnormal places in the body. The tissue that grows in these places still respond to hormonal changes in the body, but cannot be discharged as it does during the menstrual cycle. Therefore, it collects, breaks down and bleeds during the menstrual cycle, causing pain, swelling, and in some cases, scarring in the areas in which it grows. This particularly painful disease brings with it emotional pain as well, especially for women who want to become pregnant. When you donate to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you are funding not only research to finding more efficient care and treatment of endometriosis but also something just as crucial yet intangible— a sense of hope for patients with endometriosis.

Endometriosis affects one in ten women between the ages of 24 and 40. The symptoms and severity of endometriosis vary widely on a case-by-case basis, and the individual experiences with the disease are different for everyone who deals with them. Your financial contribution allows the multidisciplinary staff at Northwestern Medicine to continue, and expand, their ability to create individualized plans for each patient suffering from this disease. The most common symptoms that sufferers experiences are pain and cramps in the lower abdomen and back during menstruation, a heavier period, fatigue, pain during sexual intercourse, stomach and digestive problems, and infertility. Endometriosis is one of the leading causes of infertility in women. While pain is a prominent symptom of the disease, the severity of the pain is not necessarily indicative of the severity of the disease, and so the medical expertise of a qualified physician is necessary in order to assess a patient’s condition. With your help, Northwestern Medicine will continue to ensure that women with this condition receive the qualified care that they desperately need.

While no cause is known for endometriosis, there are a few theories as to potential causes, ranging from genetics to endometrium traveling back up the fallopian tubes during the menstrual cycle and into the abdomen. More importantly, however, there are a few risk factors that have been identified in connection with the disease. Endometriosis tends to run in families, may occur more often in women whose first pregnancies occur after the age of 30, and appear at a higher rate among Caucasian women. The demand is high for further research to determine causes, risk factors, and most essentially, a cure. By donating to Northwestern Memorial Foundation, you are supporting the very scientists and studies that can eradicate this disease.

Endometriosis Research & Care Donation

With your support of Northwestern Memorial Foundation, scientists at Northwestern Medicine can continue finding ways to improve the lives of those that suffer from this disease, as well as continuing to find new ways of curing a patient, or even simply making current treatments less invasive or more efficient. Your donation will help ensure more research can be conducted to improve our understanding of endometriosis, as well as allow Northwestern Medicine to continue to provide the treatments and services.

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