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The Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA), founded by Tamer Seckin, MD and Padma Lakshmi, is at the forefront of combatting endometriosis, a debilitating disease affecting an estimated one in ten women of reproductive age (~12-50 years old) in the United States. This disease remains largely out of the public eye despite its devastating effects on so many women, girls, and their families. Costing society over $110 billion annually in healthcare expenditures and lost productivity, as well as being one of the top three causes of female infertility, endometriosis is a widespread but often misunderstood public health crisis.
The EFA recognizes that nurses are the often the first line of defense for many young girls and integral to the health and wellbeing of all patients. Through the EFA’s Nurses Conference, which was originally put together in consolation with Padma’s mother, RN/MPH Vijaya Lakshmi, the EFA has increased awareness about the disease and provided continuing education credit to nurses in the New York area. The conference became so successful that it was recognized by the NYC Board of Health, and eventually mushroomed into the ENPOWER Project. Through its ENPOWER Project, annual educational events, and research collaborations, the EFA has engaged in a robust campaign to inform both the medical community and the general public, placing particular emphasis on the critical importance of early diagnosis and effective intervention for limiting future reproductive health consequences.
March is endometriosis awareness month. Celebrate with @endofound by spreading the word in your community! For more information visit the Endometriosis Foundation of America website.