Delay in the diagnosis of endometriosis: a survey of women from the USA and the UK.

  title={Delay in the diagnosis of endometriosis: a survey of women from the USA and the UK.},
  author={Ruth M. Hadfield and Helen J. Mardon and David H. Barlow and Stephen Kennedy},
  journal={Human reproduction},
  volume={11 4},
We investigated the length of time between the onset of pain symptoms and the surgical diagnosis of endometriosis in women from the UK and the USA. A total of 218 women with surgically confirmed disease, recruited through endometriosis self-help groups, completed a postal questionnaire. The mean +/- SD delay in diagnosis for women from the USA was 11.73 +/- 9.05 years, significantly higher than the equivalent delay of 7.96 +/- 7.92 years for women from the UK (P < 0.01). The stage of disease… 

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