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FACTS ABOUT ENDOMETRIOSIS

  • According to the Endometriosis Society of India, the estimated number of women suffering from the disorder in India is about 25 million and this number is increasing every year. Unfortunately, the disease is often diagnosed very late or misdiagnosed, thus delaying start in treatment.
  • Endometriosis affects an estimated 1 in 10 women during their reproductive years (mostly between 15-49 years), which is approximately 176 million women in the world, according to data collected by the World Endometriosis Society. However, endometriosis can start as early as a girl's first period and in many instances, menopause may not resolve the symptoms of endometriosis.
  • The World Endometriosis Research Foundation-funded study done in 2011 called the Global Study of Women's Health (GSWH) found that the disease accounted for a significant loss of productivity of 11 hours per woman per week. The study recruited 1,418 women aged 18-45 from 16 participating centres in 10 countries across five continents. The analysis for the first time brought some spotlight on the lesser known ailment and revealed that women with endometriosis experienced an average delay of seven years from symptom onset until they were finally diagnosed and treated; two-thirds of women sought medical help for their symptoms before the age of 30 and 65