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Dr. Seckin explains why endometriosis diagnosis is delayed for so long.

by drseckin.com | Posted on March 25, 2019

Dr. Seckin explains why endometriosis diagnosis is delayed for so long.

IS THE PAIN ASSOCIATED WITH YOUR PERIOD?

It’s a simple question that’s hardly ever asked.

“If that question is asked from the get-go,” says Dr. Seckin, “the disease can be treated very early before it disrupts the capacity and function of many organs”.

Yet endometriosis diagnosis and treatment, while more prevalent now than ever before, face countless obstacles, many a result of inadequate awareness efforts among the public and the medical community.

Noemie Elhadad, our scientific member, speaks out about the unsettling reality of misdiagnosis among endometriosis patients. “There’s a lot of evidence now of gender bias in healthcare, where women, in general, are not being heard when they talk about their symptoms”. But with endometriosis, I think it’s a little bit more exacerbated because we’re talking about symptoms that are related to periods and vague symptoms like pain and fatigue so there’s this very strong feeling amongst the patients of not being heard, no matter what”.

But gender bias is only one way in which endometriosis remains largely undiagnosed and mistreated. There are other obstacles preventing proper diagnosis and care. For Camellia Hartman, “it took eight years to find a doctor that listened and was able to make a diagnosis” For many patients, IBS seems to be a significant component of misdiagnosis. Although it might appear that the two diseases share similar symptoms, “inflammation is outside the bowel, affecting the bowel in an indirect way” explains Dr. Seckin. Conflating endometriosis and IBS means rampant misdiagnosis and delayed treatment for patients suffering from the disease.

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