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Endometriosis: The Shocking Disease Affecting 1 in 10 Women

From the Show: HER
Summary: Why is endometriosis often missed as a diagnosis?
Air Date: 10/1/15
Duration: 10
Host: Michelle King Robson and Pam Peeke, MD
Guest Bio: Lauren Streicher, MD
Lauren Streicher Lauren Streicher, MD, is an Associate Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Northwestern University's, The Feinberg School of Medicine.

Dr. Streicher has a particular expertise in menopause and sexual health. She appears regularly on The Dr. Oz Show, The Steve Harvey Show, and The Today Show.

Dr. Streicher is a Fellow in the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, a member of the Sexual Medicine Society of North America, The International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health, The Scientific Network on Female Sexual Health and Cancer, and is a Certified Menopause Practitioner of The North American Menopause Society.

She is the author of Sex Rx: Hormones, Health and Your Best Sex Ever and The Essential Guide to Hysterectomy.
  • Book Title: The Essential Guide to Hysterectomy
Endometriosis: The Shocking Disease Affecting 1 in 10 Women
According to the Endometriosis Foundation of America, endometriosis affects 176 million women worldwide, and 1 in 10 females in in the U.S. are suffering from the condition.

Endometriosis is a very serious disease that causes abnormal cell growth outside of your uterus. When you have endometriosis, the endometrium lining can attach to your uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, where it starts abnormally growing. The more it grows, the more severe the symptoms.

Some women never experience symptoms of endometriosis, but other women experience pelvic and low back pain, painful intercourse, painful urination, painful bowel movements, heavy menstrual cycle, long periods, nausea or vomiting, and infertility.

Why is endometriosis often missed as a diagnosis?

Lauren Streicher, MD, shares everything you need to know about endometriosis and why it's so important to know the warning signs.
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