Endometriosis

On February 27, a few weeks before the country was gripped by the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Tanya Petrossian gave birth to a healthy baby boy. During her grueling labor, what stunned nurses and doctors was her high pain tolerance. But Dr. Petrossian is no stranger to pain. Since adolescence and the onset of menstruation, she has endured severe pain for more than a decade. Doctors gave her conflicting opinions on the cause, from ovarian cancer to appendicitis. She finally was diagnosed and treated on Feb. 27, 2017—3 years to the day before giving birth. Her diagnosis: Endometriosis. The inflammatory disease is estimated to affect about 10% of reproductive-age women around the world—about 190...
Patient advocate Rebecca Black suffered for nearly a decade, undergoing numerous surgeries and dozens of doctor visits, before being accurately diagnosed with endometriosis. Black is not alone. Nearly three-fourths of women with endometriosis experience a misdiagnosis, and it can take almost seven years on average for a woman to be accurately diagnosed. Speakers representing academia, providers and patients discussed ways to address the often-debilitating condition during the Society for Women’s Health Research’s April 10 panel discussion in Washington, D.C. Endometriosis, abnormal tissue growth outside the uterus, can lead to severe pain and infertility. Despite the fact that it affects at...

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