Medically reviewed by Tamer Seckin, MD on September 20, 2019
It is very important to diagnose endometriosis early in an adolescent's life. The earlier you diagnose endo, the easier to manage and prevent the consequences of the disease’s later stages. However, endometriosis in teenagers and young women is especially challenging to diagnose because it differs from that of adults. Although it is critical to treat a teenager or young woman with endometriosis with support, compassionate care, and empathy, it is not enough. We must do more, including early and accurate diagnosis, education, and early intervention of the early stage lesions in order to halt the progress of the disease. Dr. Seckin's goal in both his practice and in the establishment of the Endometriosis Foundation of America is to increase awareness and availability of proper treatment so doctors and patients alike can catch this disease as early as possible in order to limit the damage it does to the body.
For the purpose of clarity on this page, we use the word "teenager" to describe women between the ages of 13-18, "young woman" for women between the ages of 19-23, and "adolescents" as encompassing both of these age groups. Most girls initially do not ovulate and therefore their periods are irregular. For further reference, above is an ovulation video related to the menstrual cycle.
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I’ve seen many obgyns over the years explaining my monthly symptoms during my period...but eventually it became a daily struggle with these pain. It feels like a poke here and there near my right pelvic region. I was given birth control pills for the past ten years but honestly, it didn’t help at all. I was in bed whenever I had my period. I was previously sent to GI doctors for possible appendicitis but it was ruled out from imagings…
Dr.Seckin is so much more than a surgeon. His passion for helping endometriosis sufferers and determination to improve the quality of life in all of his patients is undeniable. I remember when my gynecologist first told me I needed a laparoscopy. Her exact words were "I can do the surgery, but if you were MY daughter- I'd send you to him." From the first day I met him he took the time to explain endometriosis to me since I knew…
I was there for hysterectomy but then I found out that I also had endometriosis.My both surgeries went excellent and I feel great!.I am so thankful to Dr.Seckin and all his team for making my journey smooth!
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After years of excessively painful periods, a serious loss of quality of life, and a series of uninformed and uninterested doctors, Dr. Seckin and Dr. Goldstein turned my life around. I was told I woke up from my surgery almost a year ago with a smile on my face, and I haven't stopped since. Before I heard of Dr. Seckin, I was experiencing almost daily terrible pain to the point where I had difficulty walking, inability to eat, inexplicable weight…
Dr Seckin and his team gave me back my life! Tomorrow will be 1 month since my surgery and I feel great. Dr. Seckin, Dr Liu, and Dr Goldstein are not only beyond words talented and amazing Doctors, but they are also genuinely wonderful and caring people. I cannot say enough great things about Holly, Asiye and Kim as well. They were all caring, kind, patient, and took the time to listen to me and explain anything I needed to…
Dr. Seckin and his staff spared me from years and years of heavy periods and unbearable endometriosis pain. After having surgery with him (my first) I can now function like a regular human. No more eating NSAIDs like candy and calling out sick from work. Thank you, Dr. Seckin!