Adolescents and Teens with Endometriosis: Hidden in Plain Sight
There is no medical reason for adolescents and teens to start a decades-long endometriosis “journey” – they deserve early diagnosis and treatment now.
Jessica Opoku-Anane, MD, MS
An accurate diagnosis starts with how patients describe their pain. It’s confirmed with a trained eye and laparoscopic camera.
Called “Weak,” She Was Really a Powerhouse
Holly Sanneman was told since age 9 that she couldn’t handle pain, but the birth of her first child revealed the truth. Since I started having periods, the pain was terrible. None of the usual remedies helped. Doctors told me, “Some girls don’t handle periods well” and “You have a low pain threshold.” They said my periods would get better after I had a baby.
Mother-Daughter Perspectives on Endometriosis: Nicole and Michela
Nicole Pearlstein, age 47, and her daughter Michela, age 16, both have endometriosis, a disorder that has a hereditary component. Nicole spent over a decade hiding her pain, never letting it cast a shadow over Michela’s childhood. But when Michela started showing symptoms of the disease, Nicole ensured that she had an early diagnosis and treatment. Today, as endometriosis advocates/activists, they use their perspectives to help others.