Lena Dunham Endometriosis Story
Endometriosis is a painful disease that involves a woman's reproductive system. The pain and symptoms often affect daily functioning and potentially even your fertility.
Lena Dunham's Story
Lena has been open about her Endometriosis throughout the past few years. Yesterday, she teamed up with Cosmopolitan UK and discussed endometriosis, particularly the lack of medical and cultural awareness, her struggle with the diagnosis, and her urge for other patients to be honest and open with their doctor.
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I’m sharing my story about endometriosis- with all its twists and turns- in the hope that it unites others with similar experiences, eases some of the stigma, and opens up more conversations between people of every gender identity about reproductive health! It may not be easy to talk about, but it is important. Thank you for providing me the platform @cosmopolitanUK @claire_hodge. ❤️❤️
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Here at RMA of CT, we see many patients with this condition and want to shed light onto how common and under-diagnosed it is. Our very own Dr. Cynthia Murdock had this response after watching Lena's video:
"Endometriosis is a difficult and painful disease. The pain and symptoms often affect daily functioning, and it adversely affects fertility. Symptoms often begin in adolescence and become progressively worse over time. About 6-10% of women of childbearing age suffer from endometriosis. In women with infertility the prevalence is 38%. Unfortunately for some women it may be years before they are given a diagnosis.
Definitive diagnosis requires surgery. In many cases a presumptive diagnosis can be made by taking a medical history and improvement with treatment. It is important to rule out other causes of pain. The evaluation needs to be individualized to you as the patient. You need a thoughtful physician who has time and is willing to listen to all your symptoms.
The good news is that most women can be treated medically and avoid surgery all together. Most studies show that medical treatments are equivalent to surgical procedures in terms of pain control. The vast majority of women with endometriosis will never need radical surgery and will be able to preserve their fertility. More good news is that endometriosis improves during and after pregnancy.
Bottom line is that you need to be proactive and make sure your physician is really listening to what you are saying."
-Dr. Cynthia Murdock
Read the full original article here.