AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF)– March is Endometriosis Awareness Month.

More than 176 million women worldwide suffer with endometriosis, a condition causing agonizing pelvic pain which affects every aspect of a woman’s life.

An estimated 24-50% of women who experience infertility due to endometriosis.

How do they know they have it? It’s believed that it takes an average of 7.5 years from start of symptoms to get a proper diagnosis.

Samantha Bowick, from Aiken, SC, has a Master of Public Health degree from Liberty University. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Health Care Administration at Columbia Southern University. She is devoted to using her education and experiences to advocate for women.

Samantha has lived with endometriosis for years. Her book, Living with Endometriosis, was the Best Book Award winner/Women’s Health in the American Book Fest.

Living with Endometriosis includes expert advice drawn from doctors and researchers tackling this debilitating disease, along with tips for recognizing symptoms and getting the most effective help possible.

The book includes:
• Up-to-date information on the latest hormonal and surgical treatment options
• Information for a broad, full-body approach to wellness
• Guidance on becoming an active advocate for your personal care
• Valuable medical and community resources for endometriosis sufferers

While there is currently no cure for endometriosis, patients can take action to reduce their symptoms and improve their overall well-being by following a comprehensive wellness plan.