Endometriosis is expensive. Direct and indirect costs are difficult to approximate because the treatment is so holistic, and it impacts women in very different ways. First there are the diagnostic and excision surgery fees; often in the four-digit figures you’d think these were the biggest expenses. But people with chronic pain and associated symptoms like fatigue are often less productive than their physically fit counterparts.
Absences from work and reduced hours in the office can setback an annual household income by thousands. Then there are the difficult-to-budget-for lifestyle changes: expensive diets, physiotherapy appointments, painkillers, supplements, travel to-and-from appointments with specialists, period products and daycare costs for those with children.
The economic burden of endometriosis in the U.S. is difficult to measure, though several large-scale studies have attempted to do so, and we’ve pulled out some of the main findings in the infograph below. We also asked 22 women, ages 19-47 (with an average age of 30), to approximate the cost of living with endometriosis. See the results below.
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