Majority of Women With Endometriosis Go Undiagnosed
Women suffering from endometriosis live a life consumed by endless doctor visits, surgeries, medications and unresolved pain.
Although endometriosis is the most commonly diagnosed uterine disorder, it is often misdiagnosed or missed altogether. In a study of women with proven endometriosis, more than half of them had been told by a doctor that nothing was wrong. In another study, half of women with endometriosis reported that they visited a doctor five or more times before they were diagnosed.
Mary Lou Ballweg, President and Executive Director of the Endometriosis Association (EA), and author of ENDOMETRIOSIS, cites a joint U.S. and Canadian study of 4,000 women with endometriosis revealing that 61% said that when they consulted a doctor, they were told "nothing was wrong."
Horrifying as it may seem, studies reported by the Endometriosis Research Center (ERC) conclude that it takes an average of 10 years, 5 physicians and several surgeries for a woman to be accurately diagnosed with the disease.
There is something wrong, when endometriosis continues to be treated as an insignificant ailment. An estimated 5.5 million American women and 89 million worldwide suffer daily from endometriosis. Mistakenly minimized as "painful periods," endometriosis can be a progressive and painful disease and is a leading cause of female infertility and gynecologic surgery. Endometriosis can affect teenage girls as young as 12 years old, and is commonly mistaken as "killer cramps." Endometriosis is "not in your head" and is "not normal."
Andrew S. Cook, MD, FACOG, and Founder of Vital Health Institute, believes that early diagnosis and treatment is the key to limiting the impact of the disease on a patient's life. "As anyone who suffers from endometriosis and pelvic pain will tell you, going from doctor to doctor, year after year, having surgery after surgery without resolution of symptoms is all too common and simply unacceptable," says Dr. Cook.
Dr. Cook is world renowned for his pioneering, aggressive and successful treatment of endometriosis. He believes that the two elements most critical to successful treatment of endometriosis are--the early and accurate diagnosis of the disease and the surgical skill of the physician.
According to Michelle E. Marvel, Founder and Executive Director of the ERC, "endometriosis is more than just killer cramps. Endometriosis remains misdiagnosed, misunderstood and ineffectively treated, despite being one of the most prevalent causes of pelvic pain in women and teens around the globe."
Valerie Foaster is the Marketing Director of Vital Health Institute