Endometriosis is a pervasive health issue that impacts millions of women globally, but for Black women, it often remains an unseen and unspoken struggle. The condition, characterized by the growth of tissue similar to the lining inside the uterus, growing outside the uterus, leads to severe pain, infertility, and a host of other health problems. At BlackDoctor.org, we recognize the urgency to address this silent crisis and provide the necessary support for Black women battling this condition.
The Hidden Battle
Endometriosis affects up to 10 percent of all women of reproductive age and up to 50 percent of women struggling with infertility. It causes severe pelvic pain in 71 to 87 percent of those affected, a pain often so debilitating that it leads to challenges at work, in relationships, and with mental health.
Despite its prevalence, the journey to diagnosis is frequently prolonged, taking up to a decade due to a lack of awareness, symptom normalization, and diagnostic challenges. This delay exacerbates the physical, mental, and financial burdens of the condition.
The Financial Strain
Treating endometriosis often results in three times higher healthcare costs for affected women. This financial strain is compounded by reduced earnings due to work absences or...