Dr. Tamer Seckin | Endometriosis: Why Women are Dismissed and What They Should Do
Dr. Tamer Seckin is a world-renowned endometriosis surgeon and founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America. He is the author of The Doctor Will See you Now: Recognizing and Treating Endometriosis. In this powerful interview, he describes his journey into this calling and the realities he encounters about how women with endometriosis suffer. . . and what can and should be done about it.
“For the early stages, there is no biomarker or no image studies. Doctors will say, ‘you’re complaining about pain but everything is negative. Maybe it’s in your head.’ However, if you really ask the right questions to a female patient, the answers will start popping up. Most of the time, these symptoms have been imposed as ‘normal’ to a woman.
It’s not normal to have pain with a period. Second day pain, third day pain is not normal. If the pain continues after the flow starts and stays or lateralizes, that means something.
It’s not normal to have excessive bleeding. Tampon + tampon means a lot.
It’s not normal to have specific pain. Is a woman experiencing uterine pain, midline pain, cramping? Providers should be asking these microscopic questions to get to the bottom of a woman’s issues.”
Are there women in your life who suffer from endometriosis? All of us should be better informed to seek the right care and support other women. Share this episode with the women in your life.
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