There is a common theme occurring with endometriosis, as well as other formerly obscure illnesses, where more people are being diagnosed or younger people are being diagnosed. Or both.
With endometriosis, it seems both.
Since the creation of this blog, I’ve noticed a trend with more and more patients looking for a diagnosis or post-diagnosis information. Each year, more and more people are asking themselves and their doctors, “do I have endometriosis?”
And what has started to shock me are some of the ages these patients are. A mother once e-mailed me about her newly diagnosed 12 year-old daughter!
While sifting through my backlogged endometriosis Google feed, I discovered an article about teenagers secretly suffering with endometriosis.
In the article, we are introduced to a teenager who began experiencing pain and it took experts at seven specialists, three different hospitals and multiple tests and procedures to find the culprit! Read the article here: Secret Suffering: Teens with Endometriosis and Baffling Pain
The article highlights the fact that endometriosis is being found in more and more younger women and is no longer an adult disease. And we should stop thinking about it that way. We must remember the ability to reproduce, and thus being susceptible for endometriosis, starts with the first period. Not when someone becomes sexually active!
Here is an excerpt of interest from the article
Endometriosis is often perceived to be a disease of adulthood. Years ago it was cast pejoratively as “a career woman’s” condition that mostly hit older women who had delayed child-bearing. But in fact, endometriosis frequently begins in adolescence. It can be passed genetically from mothers to their daughters; there is no cure
THERE IS NO CURE!!!
The teenager, Emily Hatch, also tells her story in a soundbite linked within the article. The article has some good visuals, talks about a 2004 research study, and more.