Why is endometriosis pain and symptoms still being dismissed?
I recently learned that the beautiful endo fighter, Aubrion Roger passed away after complications following emergency surgery. After reading her story, my heart broke for her and her family. So, why is endometriosis pain and symptoms still being dismissed? In 2022, when 1 in 10 women are affected with the chronic, debilitating condition of endometriosis, why aren’t we being taken seriously! Why are there only approximately 100 endometriosis specialists that are skilled in advanced laparoscopic surgery? Just like Aubrion, so many of us find ourselves being dismissed at our doctor’s appointments, urgent care visits, or even emergency rooms. We go to these places seeking help for the pain and symptoms. The result is to be dismissed.
We deserve more!
I started my endometriosis journey when I was 17 years, but believe that the symptoms I had since I was 9 years old was when it truly started. It took over 10 years for a doctor to even mention that it might be endometriosis and another 5 before they even thought to do surgery to see if it was. I was continuously going to my GYN’s office with complaints of pain. While at my ultrasound appointments the results were always the same… cysts. Of course, followed up by we would like to start you on birth control pills, no one ever thought that something else might be causing the pain. After refusing the birth control pills, of course, the doctors would then think that the pain couldn’t be that bad. Like so many of us, this went on for years. Doctors’ appointments always left feeling defeated and most of all hopeless. I even started to believe that maybe it was all in my mind, maybe “it is normal for periods to be extremely painful,” as my doctor would often tell me.
With so many women experiencing endometriosis, why isn’t there more education being provided to gynecologists?
Like Aubrion, we all ask “At what point will my situation be considered an emergency?” This beautiful woman suffered daily in pain, and for no one to take her and her diagnosis seriously is horrible. My heart breaks for Aubrion and her family, as well as many other women who suffer in silence. Becoming an Endometriosis Coach and being able to let other women know that they are not alone is my mission. Raising awareness for endometriosis with my voice. I hope that more education will be provided to doctors so that they can notice the symptoms. We need to continue to fight and advocate for our wellness, demand that we deserve the BEST treatment. We need to stand together, and remind each other we are never alone in this fight. https://uk.style.yahoo.com/30-old-woman-sadly-passed-172700877.html?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAJK3qBpRHIbAk0HT7_iZLM2CFOQ7bq-Ov7qBAVLkym8oZ_F5UsEgH2J6Z4sOxfhK0qpKUxsI6IZQLj0Y4D1PKyAAz7wvDWisXMJmaDHHom1FufpeEroaJkveFHsgw8s6NoRIa97OsZl7tM20zDSA1N33McT8ufeC7iGdO2moL8ci