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Why can it take so long to be diagnosed with endometriosis?
Endometriosis can take a while to properly diagnose—averaging anywhere from up to 6 to 10 years, in fact. This happens for a few reasons, including:
*Based on a self-reported 1998 endometriosis association survey of 4334 respondents reporting a surgical diagnosis of endometriosis.
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