Uterine Health Statistics

National Center for Health Statistics/National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine Survey:

  • 66% of caregivers are women; of these 72% do not go to a doctor as often as needed to or they routinely skip appointments.
  • 63% report poor eating habits
  • 58% poor exercise habits
  • 40-70% show symptoms of depression
  • 1 in 4 women report having anxiety (more than twice reported by men)
  • As women age they are far less likely to visit an ob-gyn regularly with only 26% reporting a regular visit in the last year.

Hysterectomy

The surgical removal of the uterus is the second most common surgery performed women.

  • The 3 most common reasons for a hysterectomy are:
    • Fibroid tumors, endometriosis, uterine prolapsed womenshealth.about.com/cs/hysterectomy/a/hysterectomy1.htm
    • Approximately 600,000 hysterectomies performed every year on women.
    • About half the women who have hysterectomies every year–300,000–lose their ovaries at the same time.
    • In 2010 U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney looked into the feasibility of legally requiring doctors to tell women about the life-changing impact of the surgery.

http://womensenews.org/story/medicine/100518/maloney-mulls-gao-study-hysterectomy

Endometriosis

http://www.endofound.org/endometriosis

Cells that line the uterus get adventurous and explore outside of the uterus and decide to implant somewhere in the pelvic region, but still respond to the normal cycle. Over time the implants can develop into web-like scar tissue- adhesions. These pesky adhesions like to attach to other pelvic organs and contribute to intense pain for some and infertility too.

  • More than 6 million women in the US suffer from endometriosis
  • The average age of women is 27 when they are diagnosed with endometriosis
  • 2004 study- 47% of the women reported having to see a doctor five times or more before being diagnosed or referred. Overall- the delay between onset of symptoms and actual diagnosis of the disease was 9.28 years. Part of the delay was the girl/woman took 4.67 years on average to report her symptoms to the doctor. (commonhealth.wbur.org/2012/03/teenagers-endometriosis-pain)

Endometrial Cancer

http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/EndometrialCancer/OverviewGuide/endometrial- -uterine–cancer-overview-what-is-endometrial-cancer

http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/endometrial

  • About 47,130 new cases of cancer of cancer of the body of the uterus
  • About 8010 deaths from the cancers of the uterine body
  • Cancer of the endometrium is the most common cancer found in women’s reproductive organs. The chance of having this cancer is 1 in 38
  • Some signs to look out for: irregular bleeding, spotting or discharge, pelvic pain, pain emptying the bladder or during sex.