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Awareness is Key to Battling Endometriosis: A Conversation with the Endometriosis Foundation of America
Awareness is Key to Battling Endometriosis: A Conversation with the Endometriosis Foundation of America
Lisa A. Goldstein — February 7, 2017 When a condition like endometriosis affects 176 million women worldwide –or 1 in 10 girls and women in the U.S. — but takes 10 years on average to receive an accurate diagnosis, an organization like the Endometriosis Foundation of America is a ray of light. The EFA’s goal is to increase awareness, fund research, and advocate for endometriosis. It emphasizes the importance of early diagnosis and effective intervention while educating medical professionals and patients. WomensHealth talked with co-founder and medical director Dr. Tamer Seckin — whose book The Doctor Will See You Now:…
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5 Signs You Might Have Endometriosis
5 Signs You Might Have Endometriosis
by Amy Marturana Abdominal pain, heavy periods, menstrual cramps, and painful sex just sound like some of the routine burdens of being a woman. Monthly pains and annoyances around menstruation are a given, and painful sex is (unfortunately) very normal for many. But these symptoms are also hallmark signs of endometriosis, a severely painful and under-diagnosed medical condition that affects about 10 percent of women. Endometriosis happens when endometrial tissue, which normally lines the inside of the uterus, grows elsewhere in the body, like on the ovaries or in the fallopian tubes. This abnormal growth causes an inflammatory response,…
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Book Reviews
Book Reviews
I have one question after reading this book. How the hell is it possible that standard medical training doesn’t routinely include information about endometriosis? It’s 2016, folks! Long past time to ditch the sexist medical models that birthed all that “hysteria” nonsense. As someone who struggles with endometriosis and associated chronic pain, it is impossible to adequately express the frustration and hopelessness that accompanies being told that your pain is “in your head,” that “there’s nothing wrong with you,” or that “there’s nothing we can do about it anyway.” I understand that our emotions impact our bodies. I’m fully aware…
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Planned Parenthood and NowThis Release ‘100 Years’ Film Produced by Lena Dunham
Planned Parenthood and NowThis Release ‘100 Years’ Film Produced by Lena Dunham
This proves exactly why we need it around for another hundred. Planned Parenthood first opened in October, 1916, opening its doors to provide what would become groundbreaking healthcare for millions of people across the country. From key cancer screenings, access to birth control, STD testing, and overall family planning services to everyone, Planned Parenthood has led the country in reproductive rights and healthcare justice for 100 years. For that, Planned Parenthood certainly deserves a celebration — and that's exactly what a new film produced by Lena Dunham does. Planned Parenthood and NowThis announced the film 100 Years, a celebration of…
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Lena Dunham Has Had Her Period for 13 Straight Days
Lena Dunham Has Had Her Period for 13 Straight Days
By  Everyone's period is different and that can be confusing when you're trying to figure out if your flow is normal. Some people have periods lasting four days, others bleed for eight days. The flow can be heavy, light, somewhere in the middle, dark in color, bright red, or really anywhere in between. Since we're not always out here comparing the nuances of each other's flows (and you, unfortunately, probably won't learn the full scope of normal during sex ed), it's tough to figure out whether you're alone in your period woes or in good company. Take solace in…
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The Relationship Between Endometriosis, Inflammation and Diet
The Relationship Between Endometriosis, Inflammation and Diet
Inflammation is the body’s way of protecting itself from infection. In response to a virus or bacteria, the body makes white blood cells, which activate inflammatory cytokines that help protect the body from these foreign substances. This reaction causes increased blood flow to the injury or area and can leak into the tissue causes swelling. This process also stimulates nerves and can cause pain. The body’s immune response to having endometriosis in the pelvic cavity is peritoneal inflammation.  Because endometriosis is not native to the body, the immune system puts up a war. In endometriosis patients, an increased level of…
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Why is Endometriosis Painful
Why is Endometriosis Painful
Most patients who have endometriosis struggle with the breathtaking pain that characterizes the disease. While pain is often associated with endometriosis, the exact reason why endometriosis is painful is not always talked about. Endometriosis is considered a noxious stimuli, an event that is or can be damaging to the tissues in the body. Physiatrist, Dr. Allyson Shrikhande, describes the tissue damage that occurs from endometriosis as a trauma to the body. It causes the nervous system to be in an excitable state and also starts an inflammatory cascade. Anesthesiologist, Dr. Gerard DeGregoris, compares the direct invasion of very sensitive…
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Public television Series Second opinion on Endometriosis
Dr. Tamer Seckin explains it in detail
Public television Series Second opinion on Endometriosis<br />Dr. Tamer Seckin explains it in detail
Tune in today to Second Opinion (PBS) as Tamer Seckin, MD., founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) joins host Peter Salgo, MD. (nominated for a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Informative Talk Show Host), and Lisa Harris, MD., Vice President of Medical Affairs & Chief Medical Officer at Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital to discuss endometriosis.  Joining them is patient Ruta Sankalis-Biteman who shares her endometriosis journey, and the challenges she experienced getting a proper diagnosis and effective treatment.  Second Opinion is available on public television stations across the country.  It is produced by WXXI Public Broadcasting, West 175 Productions and the University…
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What Lena Dunham is reading
What Lena Dunham is reading
As people, but especially as women, we have to be our own medical advocates. Whether it's my friends making their way through the birth industrial complex or the ones deciding how to handle a chronic illness like Lyme, educating ourselves is power. Plus (and I'm a broken record on this), our pain — especially if it's located between belly button and ass crack — is often not treated with the seriousness we would hope. My particular journey to navigate has been endometriosis, and Tamer Seckin'sThe Doctor Will See You Now: Recognizing and Treating Endometriosis, written with sensitivity and…
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Endometriosis Getting More Attention
Endometriosis Getting More Attention
By Ed Coghlan The pain of Endometriosis is well known to women who suffer from it. It affects 10% women of reproductive age globally and has prompted the collaboration between two leading non­profit organizations dedicated to the improvement of women’s health; the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). The issues they want to explore? Collaborating for the full-scale expansion across all states of the EFA’s adolescent education program, The Endometriosis: Promoting Outreach and Wide Recognition (ENPOWR™) Project. Implementing more robust efforts to improve the standards of diagnosis and care associated with endometriosis,…
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