Seckin Endometriosis Center's Dr. Karli Goldstein knows endometriosis inside and out—and in a brand-new interview, she shares her top tips for making sure your gynecologist understands when your period pain isn't normal.
Dr. Goldstein views the disease through a unique lens: not only is she an associate endometriosis surgeon and a fellow of endometriosis surgery at SeckinMD, but she is also a Stage IV Endometriosis patient who spent years of being misdiagnosed or undiagnosed herself.
"There's a lack of education about endometriosis, in general," Dr. Goldstein told Cosmopolitan.com in a Dec. 11 online article, "What To Do If You Think You Have Endometriosis?"
Particularly when it comes to how the disease can masquerade as other conditions. Dr. Goldstein pointed out that patients who complain of lingering irritable bowel syndrome or IBS symptoms, despite implementing doctor-recommended dietary changes, is often a red flag for her, and one clue that OB-GYN's should be made aware of.
Also, she encourages patients to put their smartphones to good use by using their calendars to track symptoms that occur during or outside of periods like bloating, pain during sex and pain during bowel movements.
Ever been prescribed a prescription-strength NSAID like Naproxen for period pain? You guessed it: write that one down too, she shares.
Dr. Goldstein joined Seckin Endometriosis Center in 2017 after training extensively under world-renown endometriosis excision specialist Dr. Tamer Seckin during her residency at NYC's Lenox Hill Hospital.
To read more of Dr. Goldstein's helpful tips via Cosmopolitan, click here.
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!
I underwent surgery with Dr. Seckin in 2017 and have felt like a new woman ever since. If you have, or suspect you have endometriosis, Dr. Seckin and his compassionate team of surgeons and staff are a must-see.
I have struggled with endometriosis and adenomyosis since first starting my period at 13. I was diagnosed at 21 and what followed was a series of unsuccessful surgeries and treatments. My case was very aggressive and involved my urinary tract system and my intestines. After exhausting all of my local doctors I was lucky enough to find Dr. Seckin. We traveled over 5 hours each way to see him, but it was definitely worth it. He removed disease from several…
Seckin and Dr. Goldstein changed my life!
Like so many women who have tirelessly sought a correct diagnosis and proper, thorough medical treatment for endometriosis, I found myself 26 years into this unwanted journey without clear answers or help from four previous gynecological doctors and two emergency laparoscopic surgeries. I desperately wanted to avoid the ER again; a CT scan for appendicitis also revealed a likely endometrioma on my left ovary, for the second time in my life. This is when I finally found Dr. Seckin and…