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It’s not something women usually discuss with each other, but it’s more common than you’d think. One in 10 women in the United States suffers from endometriosis.
The chronic and often painful disease usually occurs in women ages 25 to 40, although it can also occur in teenagers. Even though endometriosis is very common, there is still a lack of awareness surrounding the disease and its symptoms.
“It’s this lack of awareness that can lead to delayed diagnosis,” said Elizabeth S. Morgan, MD, of Women’s Center for Pelvic Health, part of Carolinas HealthCare System.
Dr. Morgan explains:
1) Pelvic Pain
2) Painful Sex
3) Painful Bowel Movements
4) Excessive or Irregular Bleeding
If you think you may have endometriosis, your OB/GYN physicians can help diagnosis and co-manage your condition with our endometriosis specialists. There are a variety of treatment options including medical management, therapy and surgery. If you do not have an OB/GYN physician and would like help finding one, please call 704-355-7500.