Prevalence

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  It is estimated that endometriosis occurs in 10% of women during the reproductive years*
  Currently, more than 10 million women in the U.S. are known to have endometriosis
  On average, it takes 9.2 years to diagnose endometriosis
  Endometriosis is the number one cause of infertility in the United States
  Prevalence of endometriosis may be as high as 25-35% among infertile women
  Infertility occurs in about 30-40% of women with endometriosis
  400,000 hysterectomies per year are attributed to endometriosis
  A woman with a sister or mother with endometriosis is six times more likely to develop endometriosis than a woman without this family history
  Annual healthcare costs and costs of productivity loss associated with endometriosis in the U.S. were estimated at $22 billion in 2002



*Because a proportion of women with endometriosis are asymptomatic, and because surgical confirmation is necessary for the diagnosis, the true prevalence of the disease is unknown.

1. Ballweg M. (2004). Impact of endometriosis on women's health: comparative historical data show that the earlier the onset, the more severe the disease. Best Practice & Research Clinical Obstetrics & Gynaecology, 18(2), 201-218.

2. Simoens S, Hummelshoj L, D'Hooghe T. (2007). Endometriosis: cost estimates and methodological perspective. Human Reprod Update, 13, 394-404.

 
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