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Social Security Disability Benefits for Endometriosis

On Behalf of | Mar 15, 2022 | Endometriosis

The Social Security Administration does not include endometriosis as a condition eligible for disability benefits in its Blue Book of impairments that qualify for disability benefits. However, this does not mean that you cannot qualify for benefits for this condition.

Endometriosis is a condition that affects primarily women of reproductive age between the age of 20 and 40 years. It is a condition in which the endometrial tissue grows outside the uterus.  In some cases, endometrial tissue may be even seen away from the reproductive organs.  The endometrial tissue also disintegrates and bleeds during the menstrual cycle, but has no way of exiting the body. The condition, therefore, can result in symptoms like inflammation and severe pain. Infertility is a common side effect of endometriosis. In fact, as many as 40% of women who suffer from endometriosis also suffer from infertility.

The pain is often described as severely intense menstrual pain.  Endometrial pain, unlike with a typical menstrual cycle, can begin several days before the menstrual period and last for several days after.  A person suffering from endometriosis may experience several days of living with constant and severe pain that makes it difficult for her to function normally.

It’s not easy to apply for Social Security disability benefits for this condition. Treatments are available, and the pain is seen as being intermittent, inconsistent and appearing only during certain times of the month which can make the process of applying for benefits even more challenging.  However, if your symptoms are very severe and make it difficult for you to hold a full -time job, you might be eligible for benefits.