house resolution no.48

Rep. Churches offered the following resolution:

A resolution to declare March 1, 2023, as Endometriosis Awareness Day in the state of Michigan.

Whereas, Endometriosis is a disease of the female reproductive system. Endometriosis occurs when tissue similar to that normally found in the uterus begins to grow outside of the uterus, leading to chronic, debilitating pelvic pain; and

Whereas, Endometriosis is a leading cause of female infertility. Endometriosis affects 1 in 10 women between the ages of 15 and 44 in the United States. There is an average of a 10 year delay from the onset of symptoms to the final diagnosis of endometriosis; and

Whereas, American endometriosis patients were hospitalized 105,123 days in 2010 because of their disease. Women with endometriosis can lose 11 hours per work week through lost productivity and absenteeism due to pain. Fifty-one percent of endometriosis patients report that their condition detrimentally affects their job; and

Whereas, The estimated total annual societal burden of endometriosis-related symptoms in the U.S. is $56 billion, or $10,824 per patient; and

Whereas, There is no cure for endometriosis. More research is necessary to develop treatment options to manage this debilitating disease. Education is important for promoting awareness of symptoms and early detection and diagnosis of endometriosis; and

Whereas, Endometriosis Awareness Day is the period of time when people recognize the impact of this disease on women’s health and well-being, and understand that more work must be done to mitigate negative impacts of endometriosis; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives, That the members of this legislative body declare March 1, 2023, as Endometriosis Awareness Day in the state of Michigan. We recognize the significant impacts of this disease on women’s health outcomes.