Endometriosis, Women's Health

Endometriosis: It’s time to change the pattern of pain, stigma and barriers to diagnosis and treatment

One of the significant challenges faced by people with endometriosis is receiving a diagnosis. Patients experience an average delay of 5.4 years from the onset of symptoms to diagnosis. The symptoms are similar to other reproductive health issues (such as polycystic ovary syndrome) or severe period pain, which can be confusing for non-specialist health-care professionals.

Endometriosis, Menstruation, Women's Health

Endometriosis: How advocacy, awareness and algorithms could shorten the long wait for diagnosis and treatment

Endometriosis affects an estimated 200 million people worldwide. Despite its prevalence, those living with the disease often wait an average of 7.5 years between start of symptoms and diagnosis. This delay is due to a variety of reasons, including medical dismissal, a low prioritization of the condition and its overall misrepresentation in research funding, policy and media.