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What are the biggest challenges facing women who have endometriosis?

When asked to identify some common challenges associated with endometriosis, women report heavy menstrual bleeding as the most challenging problem created by endometriosis. Other challenges included not being able to participate in routine activities due to pain, missing work, painful sex and feeling alone after the diagnosis. These challenges were reported in a 2017 online survey titled "What Do You Know About Endometriosis?" conducted in the United States among 1,211 women over the age of 18 and 352 health care professionals.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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