State Representative Robert Sprague (R-Findlay) applauded the bipartisan passage of House Bill 142 in the Ohio House of Representatives today. HB 142 would designate the month of March as “Endometriosis Awareness Month”.

“As endometriosis affects many women throughout the world, we need to ensure that Ohioans are aware of the disorder,” said Representative Sprague. “The physical and emotional pain caused by this disorder and infertility cannot be ignored.”

Endometriosis is a disorder affecting women in which tissue which would normally line the inside of the uterus grows externally and in other parts of the body. This disorder of the reproductive tissue can cause pain, irritation, scar tissue and fertility problems.

It is estimated that 176 million women across the world have endometriosis, approximately one in ten women during their reproductive years. According to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, endometriosis can be found in 24 to 50 percent of women who experience infertility.

House Bill 142 now moves to the Ohio Senate for further consideration.

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