There are various endometriosis guidelines worldwide which guide gynecologists in treating endometriosis and set the standard of care. Amy speaks with Kate Boyce (she/her), who is the co-founder of the Instagram and webpage EndoGirlsBlog, which provides accurate information to people with endometriosis. Kate is a board certified patient advocate and endometriosis patient herself. We talk about what the guidelines are, who they are for, how they are formed and what data is used. The focus is on the ACOG guidelines but the ESHRE and Australia guidelines are briefly mentioned for some comparative purposes.
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—Excision of Endometriosis – CEC website
—The Road Not Taken v. The Easy Path – CEC website
—The Standard of Care is Not Sufficient! – CEC website
–Kalaitzopoulos, D.R., Samartzis, N., Kolovos, G.N. et al. Treatment of endometriosis: a review with comparison of 8 guidelines. BMC Women’s Health 21, 397 (2021). https://doi.org/10.1186/s12905-021-01545-5
–Ceccaroni M, Clarizia R, Mussi EA, Stepniewska AK, De Mitri P, Ceccarello M, Ruffo G, Bruni F, Rettore L, Surico D. “The Sword in the Stone”: radical excision of deep infiltrating endometriosis with bowel shaving-a single-centre experience on 703 consecutive patients. Surg Endosc. 2022 May;36(5):3418-3431. doi: 10.1007/s00464-021-08663-z. Epub 2021 Jul 26. Erratum in: Surg Endosc. 2021 Oct 12;: PMID: 34312725.