- Endometriosis is one of the most misdiagnosed, and under diagnosed condition in women.
- Many health care professionals often either do know the symptoms to look for, or are unsure of the symptoms, because they are often so variable.
- A significant portion of women with endometriosis are asymptomatic (no symptoms at all).
- Establishing the diagnosis of endometriosis on the basis of symptoms alone can be difficult for many healthcare providers, because the presentation is so variable and there is considerable overlap with other conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). As a result, there is often a delay of up to 12 years between symptom onset and a definitive diagnosis. This fact alone is terrible and should not happen.
For those of us that do know the signs and do know what to look for, it can often be frustration when people present to us and have been overlooked. There needs to be more education, more diligence around diagnosis and more focus of early intervention.
There needs to be more attention to the long term management and aftercare post surgery, to prevent this disease returning. This is what my focus is and why I am out there trying to be a voice for women with this terrible disease.
My motto and my message will always be “Period Pain Is Not Normal” and I will always apply a “No Stone Left Unturned” approach to helping people with this and other diseases states that affect women.
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Dr Andrew Orr