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Endometriosis in Women Under 30

Endometriosis, a condition in which the kind of tissue that lines the uterus develops in other parts of a woman’s body, affects nearly 90 million women globally, including several million in the U.S. and Canada (The Endometriosis Association). While most commonly diagnosed in women in their 30s and 40s, recent research suggests that it may be significantly underdiagnosed in younger women, particularly adolescents. After symptoms first appear, many young women see a series of doctors over the course of up to a decade before the problem is properly identified, often being told that they are just experiencing normal period pain. Besides prolonged discomfort, the delay in treatment can lead to irreversible damage to a woman’s body.

The most common symptom of endometriosis is long-term, often debilitating pelvic pain, particularly before and during menstruation, as well as painful sex, bowel movements, and urination if certain areas are affected. Women may also face heavy menstrual bleeding, internal bleeding, inflammation, scar tissue, and infertility. The best way to diagnose this condition is through a surgical procedure called laparoscopy, and treatment may include medication or surgery. At Women’s Health Connecticut, our OB/GYNs can help determine if you have this disease and devise a treatment plan that is right for you. If you’ve been experiencing painful periods, learn more about endometriosis at http://www.womenshealthct.com/your-health/recent-health-topics/talk-to-your-doctor-endometriosis or schedule an appointment with one of our specialists like Dr. Amanda Rostkowski in our Fine & Gillette Hamden office.

Sources:
http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/03/30/endometriosis-is-often-ignored-in-teenage-girls/
http://www.acog.org/-/media/For-Patients/faq013.pdf

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