One in 10 women of reproductive age are affected by endometriosis – that’s 176 million women around the world. Even though so many women suffer from the disease, healthcare professionals know little about it, and treatment is shrouded in myth and misunderstanding. The Guardian reports that a new film from documentarian Shannon Cohn, Endo What?, explains endometriosis in an effort to create awareness about the disease, which causes chronic pain and can cause women to become infertile.
“Endometriosis puts a burden on society of an estimated $119 billion annually, so this isn’t just a disease of women with painful periods, this is a societal disease,” Heather Guidone, the surgical program director of the Center for Endometriosis Care in Atlanta, told The Guardian.
It takes, on average, eight years for a woman to be diagnosed with endometriosis. There is no known cure. In the twenty years since Cohn herself was diagnosed, she found that little has changed in the healthcare world to help women cope – armed with knowledge, she decided to inform the masses through her work. She hopes the documentary will help people with endometriosis organize and push for answers.
Read the full story at The Guardian.