Endometriosis as ‘The Great Masquerader’ for Women
JoTo PR Client, Fertility CARE: The IVF Center, was featured in a byline in Sheknows titled, 5 Women Reveal the Health Issues Their Endometriosis Was Misdiagnosed As Instead
In 2014, the BMJ Quality & Safety journal published a study that revealed each year in the U.S., approximately 12 million adults, or 1 out of 20 patients, who seek outpatient medical care are misdiagnosed. For invisible illnesses such as endometriosis, pinpointing the disease raises additional challenges.
Dr. Mark Trolice, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine in Orlando and founder and Director of Fertility CARE – The IVF Center, recognizes the harm of a misdiagnosis. “Endometriosis is considered ‘the great masquerader’ because it mimics so many other disease processes. The delay (in diagnosis) is especially seen in adolescents who may not stress their pain, since they are new to menstruation, and gynecologists may be hesitant to recommend surgery at such a young age to potentially diagnose.” Dr. Trolice said.
Five women spoke to Sheknows about their misdiagnoses, which include Crohn’s Disease, Anorexia, Cancer, IBS and more. Their stories are cautionary tales demonstrating just how harmful it is for endometriosis to go untreated and how important it is to bring awareness to this disease.
Mark P. Trolice, M.D., is the founder and Director of Fertility CARE – The IVF Center. He also serves as Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (OB/GYN) at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine in Orlando and Medical Director of the Egg Donor Program at Cryos International, the world’s largest sperm donor bank. Dr. Trolice is Board-certified in OB/GYN and reproductive endocrinology and infertility (REI), and he is a Fellow of the American Colleges of Obstetrics and Gynecology (FACOG), Surgeons (FACS), and Endocrinology (FACE). Renowned as Orlando’s most successful fertility specialist, Dr. Trolice and his wife battled infertility for over 10 years before adopting their children. This journey gave him unique insights into patients’ struggles and is included in his forthcoming book on infertility from Harvard Common Press. Learn why he has earned the trust of patients and physicians alike: http://marktrolicemd.com.
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