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Women’s Health Awareness (WHA) is an initiative that promotes the improvement of the health and well-being of women and girls. The mission is to inform and empower women to take responsibility for their health, understand their health options, and identify services, including having equal access to resources that best help them prevent and reduce poor health.
As women, reproductive health awareness is a high priority. Endometriosis, sometimes called "endo," is considered one of the three major causes of female infertility. Endometriosis happens when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside of your uterus and in other areas in your body where it doesn't belong.
It may affect more than 11% of American women between the ages of 15 and 44. Women in their 30s and 40s are impacted the most and may make it harder for them to conceive.
Ways to Reduce Endometriosis
Decrease the levels of the hormone estrogen in your body, as it thickens the lining of your uterus during your menstrual cycle.
To minimize estrogen levels, you can:
- Talk to your doctor about hormonal birth control methods with lower doses of estrogen.
- Exercise regularly (more than 4 hours a week). Regular exercise and a lower amount of body fat help decrease the amount of estrogen circulating through the body.
- Avoid large amounts of alcohol. No more than one drink per day is recommended for women who choose to drink alcohol.
- Avoid large amounts of drinks with caffeine.
USFHP’s TRICARE Prime plan offers comprehensive care benefits partners with you and your primary care physician (PCP) to maximize the quality and effectiveness of your health care. This includes care coaching and disease education.
Visit usfhp.net or call 1-800-241-4848 for help finding a provider or assistance scheduling an appointment.