“It is not OK to miss a part of your life because of pain and excessive bleeding.”
These are the words of actress, Susan Sarandon, at the Endometriosis Foundation of America Blossom Ball in 2011 describing the emotional and physical pain, depression, fatigue, loss and loneliness of suffering with endometriosis. United States Senator Orrin Hatch has declared endometriosis “nothing short of a public health emergency requiring immediate action”. Why does endometriosis cause so much anguish? What can be done to help women coping with endometriosis to stem this public health emergency?
An estimated 176 million women worldwide, approximately 10% of all women, suffer from endometriosis. One study showed a much lower incidence among haredi women. Yet the true incidence of endometriosis is unknown because definitive diagnosis requires laparoscopy and biopsy and some women with the condition are asymptomatic while others suffer with symptoms for many years without proper diagnosis. [Read more…]