New York women may be interested in learning that endometriosis afflicts about 1 out of 10 females. Although this disorder is relatively common, there are many women who are unaware of the symptoms. According to a registered nurse and CEO of HealthyWomen, part of the problem is that some individuals may attribute the pain caused by endometriosis to the normal discomfort caused by menstruation.
Endometriosis is a condition in which uterine tissue begins to grow elsewhere in the body. It can lead to pelvic discomfort, pain during sex and painful urination. If the condition is not treated, it could lead to infertility issues and pelvic inflammatory disease. Even though many women know others who suffer from endometriosis, it was estimated that only about 29 percent were able to identify its symptoms.
Part of the problem seems to be that, since many women are unaware of the symptoms, they are not talking to their doctors about the pain they are experiencing, leading to a late diagnosis. Additionally, medical professionals often chalk the pain up to simply being a woman. Others may tell their female patients that the pain they are feeling is normal.
If someone suffers after receiving a delayed diagnosis after his or her medical concerns were swept aside by a doctor, he or she may be eligible to file a medical malpractice claim. These individuals may wish to hire attorneys to help them prove that their delays in receiving accurate diagnoses caused them severe pain. If it can be proven that a doctor was negligent when diagnosing someone, he or she could potentially seek compensation for pain and suffering and the cost of any additional medical treatment he or she may not have needed if properly diagnosed when the issue was first reported.