A painful gynecological condition occurring when tissues lining the uterus break free and spread to the surfaces of surrounding organs. The lesions grow and bleed in spots all over your body, most commonly on the ovaries, bowels and bladder.
What to Look For
- Chronic pelvic pain
- Lower back pain
- Digestive problems
- Urinary problems
- Painful sex
- Irregular periods
Endo by the Numbers
8 The average years before a woman is accurately diagnosed with endometriosis
65 The percentage of women with endometriosis who are misdiagnosed
1 in 6 The number of American women diagnosed with endometriosis annually
(Delaware has comparable statistics, according to the Delaware Health Statistics Center)
176 million The number of women with endometriosis worldwide
$22 billion The associated cost of the disease annually
Laparoscopic and excision surgery: minimally invasive surgery in which your surgeon inserts a camera through the abdomen to check for endometriosis lesions. This should be performed by a qualified surgeon.