Endometriosis can take a while to properly diagnose—averaging anywhere from up to 6 to 10 years. Whether you’ve been diagnosed or not, finding a doctor who will listen to your symptoms and concerns is crucial in order to receive a treatment plan that’s right for you. Luckily there are doctors, called endometriosis specialists, who can help.
Here are a few places where you can find a specialist:
- Local or national endometriosis support groups
- Online forums
- Referrals from family or friends
Ready to consult an endo specialist?
Once you find a specialist you’re interested in, you can visit their website or call their office and ask the following questions:
- Do you specialize in treating patients with endometriosis?
- What percent of your practice is devoted to endometriosis?
- How many years have you been treating endometriosis?
- How many patients with endometriosis on average do you see a month? About 1 in 10 women of reproductive age has endometriosis. An endometriosis specialist may see even more.
- What do you consider when treating endometriosis? See if they explain medical terms and treatment options in a way you understand.
Before booking an appointment, make sure you are comfortable with his or her answers. Schedule plenty of time for examination and discussion. Also consider sending your personalized doctor discussion guide to your specialist ahead of time.