March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, an important time to validate the afflictions that many women silently suffer through.
Roughly one in ten women of reproductive age has endometriosis, a condition that is often left undiagnosed or dismissed as “that time of the month” problems. Endometriosis can cause painful periods, painful ovulation, painful intercourse and cyclic bowel dysfunction; in some cases it can lead to chronic (daily) pelvic pain. It is a disorder in which the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus (endometrium) grows outside of the uterus. Displaced endometrial tissue continues to act as it normally would during menstruation by thickening, breaking down and bleeding. This process causes inflammation which can irritate surrounding tissue, and may lead to developing scar tissue and adhesions. Not only does this condition result in pain but it can also affect fertility.
Many women have never heard of this condition and many who do have this condition have yet to be diagnosed. Therefore, it is important for women to learn about different disorders that can affect them and to speak up and advocate for themselves when they feel that something might not be quite right with their body.
Luckily there are many interventions that can be helpful for patients with endometriosis. BC Women’s Centre for Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis
is one of a few specialized care centres in Canada that helps with the management of endometriosis and pelvic pain. The Centre continually conducts research
to help identify effective treatments and recruits patients to be a part of studies and clinical trials.
We’re excited to announce that the 13th World Congress on Endometriosis
takes place in Vancouver on May 17-20, 2017. Dr. Catherine Allaire, medical lead of BC Women's Centre for Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis, is also the president of the Congress. Dr. Allaire, a champion in promoting endometriosis awareness and treatment, is behind the successful bid for Vancouver to be this year's host city.
The congress includes courses and lectures by leaders in the field and will share the latest findings for this common and misunderstood disorder. BC Women’s doctors Mohamed Bedaiwy, Paul Yong, and Christina Williams are part of the Local Organizing Committee, and WHRI executive director Dr. Lori Brotto is an invited speaker. In addition, the BC Women’s Centre for Pelvic Pain and Endometriosis team members have a combined eight original research abstracts accepted for presentation at the meeting.
Date: May 17, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m – 12:30 p.m.
Where: Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building; 999 Canada Place
Cost: $35 USD
and select PCC#3 course for May 17.
A meet and greet lunch hosted by BC Women’s Hospital will also take place following the course, where patients will get a chance to meet and talk to BC Women’s doctors and course faculty.