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Diagnosing endometriosis

North Carolina doctors may know that endometriosis affects approximately one out of every ten women. It is a condition that occurs when uterine tissue begins to develop elsewhere in the body. This can result in long-term pelvic discomfort and pain between and during periods. If the condition is not treated, it can cause infertility issues and pelvic inflammatory disease.

Many women who have the condition may mistake its symptoms as part of their monthly period pain. Symptoms may include painful sex, urination, bowel movements and various other issues in the pelvic area. The women tend to not mention the pain to their healthcare professionals, who in turn are not inquiring about the condition.

According to a survey, two-thirds of women are acquainted with someone who has the condition; however, only 29 percent women can properly identify the symptoms of endometriosis. The results of the survey indicate the importance of educating women about the condition. A lack of informative conversation about endometriosis symptoms can result in a delayed diagnosis of the condition.

Medical professionals are also in need of more education. Out of more than 200 women with the condition, 42 percent reported that they were advised by their health care professional that the pain they were experiencing was customary for women. The fact that they were not aware that pain while having sex was a typical endometriosis symptom indicates that painful sex is considered normal by many women. It also suggests that sexual health is not being discussed by healthcare professionals.

A failure to diagnose this or other diseases could constitute medical malpractice if the patient's condition worsens as a result. An attorney for such a patient will have to demonstrate that the error constituted a failure to exhibit the requisite standard of care. The testimony of medical experts will have a bearing on this.

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