Reps. David Scott and Jenniffer González-Colón Introduce Resolution Designating March 2021 as Endometriosis Awareness Month
Washington, February 24, 2021
Today, U.S. Representatives David Scott (GA-13) and Jenniffer González-Colón (R-PR), led a bipartisan group of members in reintroducing a resolution expressing support for the designation of March 2021 as Endometriosis Awareness Month.
“The general lack of awareness and early detection of endometriosis has consequentially contributed to delayed diagnoses for millions of women. Increased awareness and education will help shed light on the symptoms and early detection signs, combat dangerous misconceptions, and break down misinformation concerning this condition."
“I am proud to partner with Rep. González-Colón and my colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives to establish Endometriosis Awareness Month and bring attention to those affected by endometriosis that often suffer in silence,” stated Congressman David Scott.
“Endometriosis is a life-long condition that affects close to 7 million women in the U.S. It can cause chronic pain, infertility, and other serious health issues. Raising awareness is key to helping the women who struggle with this condition every day. As such, I am proud to cosponsor this resolution alongside Congressman Scott in support of designating March 2021 as Endometriosis Awareness Month. I trust it will improve understanding of endometriosis and therefore help with detection and treatment,” stated Congresswoman Jenniffer González-Colón.
Endometriosis poses severe risks and affects between 1 and 10 percent of all women of reproductive age. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that up to 50 percent of women with endometriosis are infertile, and symptoms are often so severe that women stay home from work, miss time with friends and family, and cannot even get out of bed. With such serious consequences, endometriosis demands a well-funded, coordinated response from Congress, as well as the attention of the American public. Designating funding for endometriosis research will help increase early and more accurate diagnoses of the disease and help healthcare providers and their patients learn more about treatment options. The resolution underscores the need for increased awareness of endometriosis to facilitate research, improve treatments, and find solutions.
Women must know that they have the full support of their fellow Americans, the medical community, and the U.S. government. Endometriosis Awareness Month represents a continued commitment toward raising awareness and working together to find a cure.