Recant and apologize to the women who suffer worldwide with endometriosis and interstitial cystitis
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Dr. Drew, yesterday (4/24/14) on your "Loveline" show, you took a call from a male caller with a fiance who has been diagnosed with endometriosis and interstitial cystitis among other things. Not only did your guests laugh their way through the call, you essentially told the man his fiance's diagnoses are wrong, calling them "garbage bag diagnoses" and referring to the woman's symptoms as "somatoform". This negative view and your opinion has led to an outpouring of anger and sadness from many women who suffer from this very real, very painful condition. We are asking you to do two things: 1) recant and apologize to the 176 million women who suffer worldwide with endometriosis who you offended with the seemingly ignorant remarks you made on "Loveline" and 2) host a show to raise awareness of endometriosis with a panel of Dr.'s who specialize in treating all stages of endometriosis in order to better educate yourself and the public about this disease.
Reactions like Dr. Drew's, upon hearing a woman's endometriosis symptoms, are far too common and unnecessarily add to their suffering. Endometriosis affects 1 in 10 women and yet there is so much unknown about the disease. Making women feel like the pain is in their head or is in some way not real, is erroneous and borderline unethical. We do know that there is no cure. We do know that endometriosis impacts fertility. We do know that it can cause debilitating pain and can lead to significant loss of productivity. It is critical that we educate all women and all doctors about what endometriosis is so that at the very least, the time to diagnose a woman can be dramatically lessened from the 7-12 years it currently takes. We also need to educate women and doctors about proper treatment options so that suffering can be reduced and infertility can be improved. Longer term, we need funding for research so that endometriosis can be better understood.
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