As we wrap up Endometriosis Awareness Month, I want to share some exciting news: Fox News featured a segment about Endometriosis on March 17, 2016 in preparation for the annual walk in San Francisco that happened March 19, 2016 in San Francisco. Featured is Dr. Camran Nezhat, a doctor from the Bay Area who treats this disease and is the founder of EndoMarch.
In the video, Dr. Nezhat says that Endometriosis is an incredibly common disease, affecting 1 out of 10 American girls, and commonly taken 5-6 years to become properly diagnosed; however, this disease is not receiving the proper amount of attention. Something striking he mentions is that Endometriosis is more common than Autism, but nobody knows what it is. If you think about it, that’s pretty startling: Latest CDC reports say that 1 in 68 children will be diagnosed with some form of Autism, but Endometriosis, which affects 1 in 10, makes no headlines (1).
The patient being interviewed, Laura, is a young woman who found out she had Endometriosis after being unable to become pregnant. After spending time and money unnecessarily with fertility experts, she was treated surgically and is now expecting a boy. I do have to say that Laura’s experience is not a typical experience– most women have classic symptoms such as pelvic pain, severe pain with menstruation, pain with intercourse, or pain with bowel movements– and Laura had none of these. However, Laura does mention that until doctors are more familiar with Endometriosis, women need to be their own advocates for health; if you suspect something is wrong, get a second opinion or seek a specialist.
To watch the entire video, see below:
Source (1): http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/data.html