Even when it’s not your patient’s period

her endometriosis is hard at work

In an international multicenter survey of
patients treated in tertiary care centers

Seven out of ten women being managed for endometriosis have unresolved pain throughout the month.

women being managed for endometriosis have unresolved pain throughout the month1

When endometriosis pain goes unresolved despite management, it may be time to reassess.2-4

Ask your endometriosis patient specific questions at every office visit.

ASK specific questions at every office visit

  • How does your pain affect your life?
  • How often are you in pain at work or school?
Listen for all signs and symptoms from your endometriosis patient during each office visit.

LISTEN for all signs and symptoms

  • What kind of pain do you experience?
  • Is the pain just during your period or at other times?
  • Do you experience pain during sex?
Frequently reevaluate treatment plans for your endometriosis patient at every office visit.

Frequently reevaluate action plans

  • How has your pain been since our last visit?
  • How are you feeling on this treatment?
  • Has your pain lessened, or have you just grown accustomed to it?

References:

  1. De Graaff AA, D’Hooghe TM, Dunselman GAJ, Dirksen CD, Hummelshoj L, WERF EndoCost Consortium, Simoens S. The significant effect of endometriosis on physical, mental and social wellbeing: results from an international cross-sectional survey. Hum Reprod. 2013;28(10):2677-2685.
  2. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Practice bulletin no. 114: management of endometriosis. Obstet Gynecol. 2010;116(1):223-236.
  3. Vercellini P. Introduction: management of endometriosis: moving toward a problem-oriented and patient-centered approach. Fertil Steril. 2015;104(4):761-763.
  4. Yeh J, Nagel EE. Patient satisfaction in obstetrics and gynecology: individualized patient-centered communication. Clin Med Insights Womens Health. 2010;3:23-32.