Dr. Patzkowsky Answers Some Common Questions About Endometriosis

In this video from John Hopkins Medicine, Dr. Kristin Patzkowsky from the Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, answers some frequently asked questions about endometriosis.

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Dr. Patzkowsky explains that symptoms of endometriosis can range from extreme pain to no symptoms at all, but commonly women experience severe pain around the time of their periods. She goes on to say that diagnosis is difficult because it can only be definitively diagnosed through surgery and talks about how endometriosis can affect fertility for many women.

Treatment options for women living with endometriosis range from medical to surgical, but hormone-based therapies like the birth control pill are usually tried first before surgical options are considered.

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