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A woman sit ups in bed with her face in her hands, possibly because she has endometriosis

One of the most common gynecological diseases, endometriosis often goes undetected for years because the abdominal pain associated with the condition is mistaken for menstrual cramps, or because there may be no symptoms. On average, women in the United States will suffer from endometriosis for 10 years before receiving a proper diagnosis. 

Endometriosis affects one in 10 women, and many women who report chronic pelvic pain are found to have it. The condition affects up to half of women who are infertile. At the Yale Medicine Fertility Center, clinicians take endometriosis very seriously and work closely with patients to accurately screen for and diagnose the disease.

Women come to us from around the country to seek treatment from our experts in endometriosis. "We are involved in clinical trials to bring new drugs to market that could be useful, in addition to developing a blood test to detect the disease," says Yale Medicine's Hugh Taylor, MD, chair of obstetrics, gynecology & reproductive sciences. "We are at the forefront of diagnosing and treating this disease, from which many women suffer in silence for years."