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Shining a Light on Endometriosis Awareness Month

Posting date: 18/04/2024
Author: Inside ICON

Endometriosis Awareness: A Vital Cause

In March, ICON, through its Networking Organization for Women (NOW) employee resource group, joined the global effort to raise awareness about endometriosis, a condition affecting 1 in 10 women worldwide. Throughout the month, our dedicated team at NOW took to MS Teams to share insightful and educational posts, shedding light on the often-overlooked impacts of this debilitating disease. While Endometriosis Awareness Month has drawn to a close, our commitment to supporting those affected by this condition remains unwavering.

The Invisible Burden: Careers and Life Impacted

Endometriosis isn't merely a women's health issue; it's a pervasive force that can affect various aspects of a person's life, including their career, mental health, and overall well-being. These statistics speak volumes: 40% of individuals with endometriosis fear losing their jobs, while 54% report a reduction in income. Shockingly, 27% have missed out on promotions due to their condition, highlighting the urgent need for greater understanding and support in the workplace.

Personal Stories: Navigating Endometriosis at ICON

To truly comprehend the daily struggles faced by those with endometriosis, we turn to the poignant testimonials of two of our own team members, Celina and Sonia. Celina bravely shares her journey of navigating the healthcare system for 12 long years before finally receiving a diagnosis. Her words paint a vivid picture of the relentless pain and challenges that accompany this invisible disability. Sonia's story further underscores the harsh realities of living with endometriosis, from undergoing complex surgeries to enduring daily pain and the toll it takes on one's fertility and quality of life.

Creating Support Networks

As an organization, we recognize the importance of fostering a supportive and inclusive environment for all employees. That's why we're excited to announce the upcoming launch of a Menstrual Health MS Teams channel. This platform in addition to our other internal communities will provide a safe space for employees to share their experiences, access resources, and find solidarity in their journeys.

Hope on the Horizon: Advancements in Endometriosis Research

While there is currently no cure for endometriosis, recent advancements in research offer hope for the future. ICON's participation in clinical studies underscores our commitment to advancing the understanding and treatment of this complex condition. From potential new drugs targeting lactate production to innovative antibody therapies, the landscape of endometriosis research is evolving, offering renewed optimism for those affected.

A Continued Commitment Beyond Awareness

As we reflect on Endometriosis Awareness Month, let us not only raise awareness but also commit to tangible actions that support individuals living with this condition. Together, we can strive to create a world where everyone, regardless of their health status, feels seen, heard, and supported. To learn more about the latest advancements in endometriosis research, we encourage you to explore the latest endometriosis research advancements. Let's continue to advocate, educate, and empower one another in the fight against endometriosis. 

At ICON, our dedication to improving the lives of those affected by endometriosis extends far beyond the confines of a single month. Together, we stand in solidarity and work towards a future where endometriosis no longer holds power over the lives of millions. If you are seeking to join ICON, we invite you to explore our Employee Resource Groups and our Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging values on our careers website; consider which communities to join that can best support you when you become an ICON team member.

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