WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) and Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) today introduced a resolution recognizing the significance of endometriosis as an unmet chronic disease for women and designating March 2022 as National Endometriosis Awareness Month.

This resolution would also encourage the U.S. Secretaries of Health and Human Services, Defense and Veterans Affairs to provide information on endometriosis to women, patients, and providers, and to improve screening tools and treatment options.

“It’s important for women living with endometriosis to talk about and seek treatment for their condition,” Senator Capito said. “With this resolution, I’m proud to join Senator Duckworth in bringing more awareness and attention to endometriosis on behalf of the millions of women affected by it.”

“Even though one out of every ten women of reproductive age in America suffers from endometriosis—which can be extremely painful and lead to infertility—too often this disease doesn’t receive adequate attention and funding,” Senator Duckworth said. “I’m proud to introduce this bipartisan resolution with Senator Capito to raise awareness for this debilitating disease and recognize the resilient women affected by it.”

Endometriosis is one of the most common gynecological diseases, affecting 6.5 million Americans. Women can suffer up to a decade before being properly diagnosed.

The resolution is also co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.).

The resolution is supported by American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, Endometriosis Foundation, Society for Women’s Health Research, and Women First Research Coalition.

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