Up to 50 percent of women in their child bearing years may be living with a condition and not even know about it. Endometriosis causes painful menstrual cycles and may cause infertility.
Jennifer Daher's children are what she considers to be miracles because she was worried she may not have kids. Doctors only gave Daher a two to five percent chance of conceiving because she was diagnosed with stage four Endometriosis.
"The signs were there, the painful menstrual, doubling over in excruciating pain, but I thought it was normal really," said Daher.
Dr. John Cote', Alegent Health Lakeside OB/GYN, says that up to 50 percent of women in their child bearing years may have the condition. Endometrial tissue grows outside of the uterus and sometimes implants elsewhere. Anyone with a painful period should discuss it with their doctor.
"Although there are no studies to prove if we catch it earlier you may be better off, being aware of it and trying to control some of the symptoms like pain and infertility problems that can come about from Endometriosis is a good thing, so the earlier the better, said Cote'.
Treatment options include: surgery to remove tissue implants, birth control to regulate hormones, medication to put patients in chemical menopause, and a last resort is a hysterectomy.
Jennifer Daher had a hysterectomy after realizing that her twins were going to be her only pregnancy.
"Huge difference, obviously no pain," said Daher. "A lot easier every month, it was a wise decision; it was the right thing for me to do."
Up to 90 percent of women with pelvic pain may have Endometriosis, so while there is no cure, there are options available so it's important to talk to a doctor.