Endometriosis Awareness Month

Endometriosis remains a formidable challenge in women’s health, characterized by the abnormal growth of endometrial tissue outside the uterus. This condition affects approximately 1 in 10 women of reproductive age globally, with a significant impact on their quality of life. Despite being a prevalent and chronic disorder, the average delay in diagnosis stands at 7-10 years, contributing to prolonged suffering and complications.

Endometriosis pathogenesis is intricate and complex, where multiple factors interplay consisting of genetic, hormonal, and immune. With limited non-invasive diagnostic tools, laparoscopy remains the gold standard for definitive diagnosis, underscoring the need for improved and timely detection methods. Dr. Matthew Leonardi, an OB GYN, is leading the charge in earlier and non-invasive detection utilizing transvaginal ultrasound technology. Current therapeutic interventions primarily focus on symptom management, highlighting the urgency for targeted, disease-modifying treatments.

 

Furthermore, there is socioeconomic burden of endometriosis, with direct and indirect costs estimated to be substantial. Despite advancements in research, there is a pressing need for increased awareness, early detection, and a multi-disciplinary approach to address the challenges posed by endometriosis comprehensively. As we strive for progress, a more profound understanding of this enigmatic condition is imperative to advance diagnostics, treatment strategies, and ultimately improve the lives of millions of affected women worldwide.

 

Cycle Clarity now has the ability to send ovarian and pelvic volume sweeps of the uterus from any ultrasound machine, connecting patients in underserved areas to medical experts around the country, not only to help with the diagnosis, but also other parallel repercussions of endometriosis, such as infertility.

 

Title: “Endometriosis is still challenging” Authors: C. Mehedintu, M.N. Plotogea, S. Ionescu, and M. Antonovici Journal: The BMJ Clinical Review Year: 2022 DOI: 10.1136/bmj-2022-070750

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