Women wait for endometriosis diagnosis with multiple symptoms
24 November 2023
Australian women with endometriosis can experience symptoms including severe period pain, depression and back pain for around a decade before being diagnosed, a University of Queensland study has revealed.
“Our findings show that women diagnosed with endometriosis were nearly four times more likely to experience severe period pain than women without the disease,” Dr Gete said.
“These women were also nearly two times more likely to experience mental health problems and back pain.
“And they were more than one and half times more likely have stiff and painful joints.
“Other symptoms included bowel and urinary conditions, severe tiredness, difficulty sleeping, allergies, heart palpitations and headaches.
“This broad range symptoms along with a tendency to normalise and dismiss period pain meant diagnosis took between 7 and 11 years on average.
“This delay significantly reduces quality of life by leaving the women to deal with untreated symptoms, more doctor and hospital visits, and potentially less success with fertility.”
“Further research is needed to understand how the immune system and inflammation are connected to broad range symptoms which may lead to improved treatments,” Professor Mishra said.
“Women with endometriosis should be encouraged to proactively manage their symptoms through lifestyle changes, medication, or surgery, to improve their quality of life and prevent further complications.”