Georgie Kovacs Barden's path to motherhood spanned three years -- and 12 fertility treatments -- before she gave birth to her 3-year old son, Connor. At age 40, after seeing 10 doctors, she finally learned why she had difficulty getting pregnant: she had endometriosis, a reproductive disease that impacts women. It's cause is uncertain – but about half of patients who have it have fertility problems.
According to the Endometriosis Foundation of America, the disease impacts an estimated 10% of women in their reproductive years. Because the disease has diverse symptoms, and since there's no blood or imaging test, women are often shuttled from doctor to doctor before they get the right diagnosis.
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