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For Some, Endometriosis Diagnosis a Painful Mystery

For Some, Endometriosis Diagnosis a Painful Mystery

One in 10 women has endometriosis but most aren't diagnosed with the disease until they're in their 30s and 40s. NY1's Erin Billups filed the following report. Take what most women experience during their monthly periods - cramps, bloating, muscle aches - and multiply that by, say, 50, that's how bad it was for Casey Berna. "I went to every sort of doctor, and no one gave me any answers," says Berna. After colonoscopies, the removal of her appendix and gallbladder, fertility treatments and then pregnancy Berna's symptoms just got worse. Even during surgery, doctors looking at her organs failed…
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Padma Lakshmi Hosts the Blossom Ball to Benefit the Endometriosis Foundation of America

“I learned to cook at the elbow of my mother and grandmother, but never ever thought I could have a career in food,” Padma Lakshmi said last month during a talk at Cherry Bombe magazine’s Jubilee conference. We all know how that turned out: Lakshmi is not only the host of Bravo’s insanely popular culinary competition show Top Chef, but she’s also the author of two cookbooks, Easy Exotic: A Model’s Low-Fat Recipes From Around the World, and Tangy, Tart, Hot, and Sweet: A World of Recipes for Every Day. Another title for the former model is activist, and this…
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Padma Lakshmi’s Personal Cause: The Endometriosis Foundation of America

Padma Lakshmi’s Personal Cause: The Endometriosis Foundation of America

Endometriosis effectively exiled Padma Lakshmi from her life, one week a month, every year, for over 20 years. She’s a college-educated, professional woman living in a major city with access to the best doctors and health insurance. Despite all this, she had never heard of the disease. “I wanted to change that for other young women,” the Emmy nominated actress, food expert, model, award-winning author, and host on Top Chef, says. This led her to found the Endometriosis Foundation of America in 2009 with her doctor and savior, Dr. Tamer Seckin. The EFA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to combating endometriosis through…
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Padma Lakshmi: ‘I Was Told I Would Never Have a Child Naturally’

Padma Lakshmi: ‘I Was Told I Would Never Have a Child Naturally’

As a young girl, Padma Lakshmi suffered from undiagnosed endometriosis so severe, she tells PEOPLE, “I had to stay home several days a month from school. I missed a week of my life for 23 years.” The Top Chef host, 44, reveals her symptoms included bloating, cramping, excessive bleeding and severe abdominal pain — but it was something no one really spoke about. “It’s embarrassing,” she admits. “It’s something that is deeply private and personal.” It wasn’t until she was 36 that Dr. Tamer Seckin identified her symptoms as endometriosis — which occurs when the uterine lining cannot be expelled with a woman’s period and grows…
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Padma Lakshmi on What Women Need to Know About Endometriosis

Padma Lakshmi on What Women Need to Know About Endometriosis

The View guest co-host Padma Lakshmi told her personal story about being diagnosed with Endometriosis on the Friday February 20th, 2015 episode of The View. This prognosis is one that leads a lot of women to get a hysterectomy, but that course of treatment is not always necessary. However it is a path often chosen due to a lack of information which is why Padma has created the Endometriosis Foundation of America to help inform women about this disorder. There is no cure but there are ways that the symptoms can be managed. It is also important that women get checked for this…
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Killer Cramps Are Not normal: All About Endometriosis

Killer Cramps Are Not normal: All About Endometriosis

Join Padma Lakshmi, Emmy®-award winning host of "Top Chef," as she shares her decades-long struggle with endometriosis and the misdiagnoses and unsuccessful treatments that have led her to champion this cause.Her visionary surgeon and co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America, Dr. Tamer Seckin, addresses the disease’s acute and chronic symptoms, treatment options, and a new research project seeking to find its genetic signature. Brief Bios Padma Lakshmi is an internationally known actress, food expert, entrepreneur, model and award-winning author. She recently wrapped filming her eleventh season as host of Bravo’s Emmy award winning “Top Chef.” In 2009, Lakshmi co-founded…
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Endometriosis: Delayed Diagnosis Impacts Disease Management and Patient Well-Being

Endometriosis: Delayed Diagnosis Impacts Disease Management and Patient Well-Being

Endometriosis is a common yet poorly understood illness that affects women of reproductive age and is often under and misdiagnosed. It is believed that endometrial cells that normally line the uterus grow outside the uterus, attaching to the ovaries, fallopian tubes, outer surfaces of the uterus or intestines, and on the lining of the pelvic cavity. Normally, these cells shed during monthly menstruation. With endometriosis, the process of menstruation and ovulation stimulates hormones, causing them to become inflamed, bleed and to cause pain. The disease can lead to scarring known as adhesions, which can be extremely difficult to detect by…
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Researchers Take a Closer Look at Endometriosis, a Leading Cause of Infertility

Researchers Take a Closer Look at Endometriosis, a Leading Cause of Infertility

Researchers in New York are taking a closer look at endometriosis. It's a disease that's not often talked about, but it affects one in ten women in the U.S., and 176 million women worldwide. During a normal menstruation cycle, the lining inside the uterus is shed monthly. In a woman with endometriosis, some of the endometrial cells implant outside of the uterus, which causes scarring, and can lead to chronic pain and other problems. Dr. Tamer Seckin, a laparoscopic surgeon and co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America, said women often suffer silently and are not diagnosed right away. Instead, they're…
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Train Concert Raises $1.5 Million for Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Train Concert Raises $1.5 Million for Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

  MANHASSET, NY -- The multi-platinum, Grammy award-winning band Traintook center stage Wednesday evening in Oyster Bay, NY for a private benefit concert supporting The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. The event also featured Endometriosis Foundation of America’s (EFA) co-founders Tamer Seckin, MD, and Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi.   The $1.5 million raised at the event will be used by the Feinstein Institute to fund research in such therapeutic areas as cancer, inflammation, autoimmune disorders, Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer’s disease. The Feinstein Institute is the research enterprise of the North Shore-LIJ Health System.   http://www.northshorelij.com/hospitals/news/summer-concert-feinstein-14
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Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein and Top Chef Host Padma Lakshmi Announce $250,000 in Funding to Expand Education Campaign on Endometriosis

Senate Co-Leader Jeff Klein and Top Chef Host Padma Lakshmi Announce $250,000 in Funding to Expand Education Campaign on Endometriosis

BRONX, NY – State Senate Coalition Co-Leader Jeff Klein (D-Bronx/Westchester) and Top Chef Host and Co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) Padma Lakshmi announced $250,000 in funding secured by Senator Klein to support an education campaign aimed at raising awareness around endometriosis, a painful, and often undiagnosed disorder that affects women. The funding will help the EFA expand the scope of their program, which started last year, statewide. http://www.nysenate.gov/press-release/senate-co-leader-jeff-klein-and-top-chef-host-padma-lakshmi-announce-250000-funding-ex
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A Conclusion: Dr. Drew Speaks with Dr. Tamer Seckin

A Conclusion: Dr. Drew Speaks with Dr. Tamer Seckin

I think we can all agree that if there is some good be found from Dr. Drew Pinsky's horribly misinformed comments regarding Endometriosis and Interstitial Cystitis it is the raised awareness brought to these issues. In that vein, Dr. Drew's podcast last night on his website Drdrew.com included an interesting and educational conversation with Dr. Tamer Seckin who took the time to call in from Brazil and educate, not only Dr. Drew, but all of those listening. For all of those interested in hearing the podcast. The conversation with Dr. Seckin starts at 1:00 and ends at 30:00. At this halfway…
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The Endometriosis Foundation of America Celebrates The 6th Annual Blossom Ball Hosted By Padma Lakshmi and Tamer Seckin, MD – Inside

The Endometriosis Foundation of America Celebrates The 6th Annual Blossom Ball Hosted By Padma Lakshmi and Tamer Seckin, MD – Inside

NEW YORK, NY – MARCH 07: Padma Lakshmi attends the Endometriosis Foundation of America’s 6th annual Blossom Ball hosted by Padma Lakshmi and Tamer Seckin, MD at 583 Park Avenue on March 7, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Blossom Ball) http://heavy.com/news/2014/04/padma-lakshmi-photos-pics-hot-sexy-richard-gere-dating-boyfriend-girlfriend/attachment/the-endometriosis-foundation-of-america-celebrates-the-6th-annual-blossom-ball-hosted-by-padma-lakshmi-and-tamer-seckin-md-inside/ Endometriosis Foundation of America 2014Sixth Annual Blossom Ball - OpeningMaura Tierney:  Oh hi, I am just very happy to be here to support Padma. It seems like it is going to be a very fun event for an excellent cause. I looked at the ballroom, which is very beautiful. I am very happy…
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I was curled up in agony for 20 years': Salman Rushdie's ex-wife Padma Lakshmi on her excruciating medical mystery and how it led to her 'miracle' baby

I was curled up in agony for 20 years': Salman Rushdie's ex-wife Padma Lakshmi on her excruciating medical mystery and how it led to her 'miracle' baby

'I was curled up in agony for 20 years': Salman Rushdie's ex-wife Padma Lakshmi on her excruciating medical mystery and how it led to her 'miracle' baby It happened like clockwork, every month, for decades. The pain would leave Padma Lakshmi ‘balled up in bed’ for days at a time. There were cramps, bloating, nausea and shock-like sensations running along the length of her legs.And once the agony had abated, she suffered crushing fatigue and mood swings that affected every area of her life. Despite these debilitating symptoms, the model-turned-TV-chef came to believe it was just part of life, as…
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INTERVIEW: DR. TAMER SECKIN ON ENDOMETRIOSIS – “KILLER CRAMPS ARE NOT NORMAL”

INTERVIEW: DR. TAMER SECKIN ON ENDOMETRIOSIS – “KILLER CRAMPS ARE NOT NORMAL”

In your local Lucille Roberts gym, you may have noticed a new poster that says, “Killer Cramps Are Not Normal.” This poster was created by the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA) to raise awareness of a problem that many women suffer from and that many of us know little about. Tamer Seckin, M.D., is a leader in the area of medicine seeking to improve the lives of women with endometriosis. His practice is based in New York, and he serves on the EFA’s Executive Board of Directors. Dr. Seckin generously agreed to answer questions we had about this condition, including…
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Endometriosis: What Every Woman Should Know

Endometriosis: What Every Woman Should Know

Chances are you know someone with endometriosis. Endometriosis affects 176 million women from all over the world. It is often a debilitating, painful disease that can cause infertility, digestive disorders, menstrual difficulties, hormonal and mood shifts, painful sex, difficulty in relationships and more. Women suffering from endometriosis regularly miss school, work and family time due to endometriosis. So what is endometriosis? Here’s the definition from the Endometriosis Foundation of America website: During monthly menstruation, the female body sheds the endometrium — uterine lining — in the process commonly known as a “period”. In women and girls who have endometriosis, some…
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Susan Sarandon, Padma Lakshmi and Dr.Oz Put Spotlight on Endometriosis

Susan Sarandon, Padma Lakshmi and Dr.Oz Put Spotlight on Endometriosis

I won't bore you with tales of my genitalia, said Padma Lakshmi, co-founder with Dr. Tamer Seckin of the Endometriosis Foundation of America, at the foundations third annual Blossom Ball, held March 18 at the New York Public Library. Lakshmi, a model, actress, award-wining author and Emmy-winning host of Bravo's Top Chef, credited advanced gynecological surgeon Seckin for having changed my life. He made me healthy and able to have my daughter, Krishna. Another guest that night Dr. Mehmet Oz, host of The Dr. Oz Show. Lakshmi told the nearly 400 guests: Ten million adolescents and women in America needlessly suffer pain, infertility. I dont want…
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Endometriosis Awareness: Those Crazy Cramps Aren’t Normal

Endometriosis Awareness: Those Crazy Cramps Aren’t Normal

“Don’t accept it as natural,” actress Susan Sarandon firmly told a crowd of Endometriosis Foundation of America supporters last week, referring to intense pain from severe cramps. “It is not okay.”A lot of us have come to accept certain things about being a woman. (These high heels hurt! Why are my breasts itchy? I have a serious chocolate craving.) But when it comes to endometriosis, a disease that affects 1 in 10 women, accepting discomfort is what needs to not happen. The organization mentioned above, founded by Dr. Tamer Seckin and the stunning “Top Chef” host Padma Lakshi, is trying…
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'Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi gets personal about endometriosis

'Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi gets personal about endometriosis

Cause Celeb highlights a celebrity’s work on behalf of a specific cause. This week, we speak with model, actress and television host Padma Lakshmi about her charity, the Endometriosis Foundation of America. Lakshmi herself had the painful disorder, which affects millions of women and adolescent girls in the United States.  Lakshmi joined the organization and relaunched it with Dr. Tamer Seckin in 2009. Lakshmi, host of “Top Chef” on Bravo channel, uses her celebrity to bring awareness to the disease and its symptoms. Endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus…
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Padma Lakshmi Named Among '150 Women Who Shake the World'

Padma Lakshmi Named Among '150 Women Who Shake the World'

Padma Lakshmi is in good company this week. The Top Chef host lands alongside the likes of Hillary Clinton, Michelle Obama, and Arianna Huffington on a list of "150 Women Who Shake the World," The compilation of political activists, celebs, fashionistas, and general lady bad-asses was put together by Newsweek and Daily Beast editor Tina Brown, and also includes Condoleeza Rice, journalist Lara Logan, Queen Rania of Jordan, and, of course, Oprah. The list coincides with this weekend's 2011 Women in the World Summit, which will feature Madeleine Albright, Diane von Furstenberg, Barbara Walters, Hillary Clinton, and President Bill Clinton…
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Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: The Two Women’s Diseases Doctors Miss Most

Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome: The Two Women’s Diseases Doctors Miss Most

Eight years ago, when she was just 16, Ashley Nicole Ingram was in her ob-gyn’s waiting room flipping through an issue of Glamour when she saw a story about polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). “I realized that that might be the reason I was having such erratic periods,” recalls Ingram, now a political campaign manager in Los Angeles. “I ripped it out and showed it to my doctor, but he told me it was normal for young women to be irregular. I saw a number of doctors in my teens, and they all said the same thing.” But when Ingram was 18, her…
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After Decades of Endometriosis Pain, a Positive Step for Women

After Decades of Endometriosis Pain, a Positive Step for Women

Padma Lakshmi is recognized as a model, author, and host of Bravo TV's . What most don't know is that Padma suffered such debilitating endometriosis pain that it interfered with her life and her work for more than 20 years. That unbearable pain was associated with her monthly menstrual periods. After working with a handful of doctors over those decades to determine the source of the pain, Padma finally got the answers and solutions she sought. She learned she had endometriosis. Today Padma Lakshmi no longer suffers each month as she used to. Further, she has given birth to a…
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How Padma Lakshmi Struggles with Endometriosis Management

How Padma Lakshmi Struggles with Endometriosis Management

For years, Padma Lakshmi -- best known as the host of Bravo’s hit reality show “Top Chef” -- has suffered silently with a painful gynecological condition affecting more than 10 million American women and girls. Find out how she rises above the symptoms of endometriosis...While she graced dozens of magazine covers, Padma Lakshmi harbored a painful secret: She suffered from endometriosis, a female reproductive disorder in which the endometrium, which normally lines a woman’s uterus, grows in other places as well, typically on the fallopian tubes, ovaries or the tissue lining a woman’s pelvis.  Left untreated, endometriosis can cause pelvic pain, excessive…
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Actress Padma Lakshmi comes to MIT to raise awareness of endometriosis and help launch the new Center for Gynepathology.

Actress Padma Lakshmi comes to MIT to raise awareness of endometriosis and help launch the new Center for Gynepathology.

Padma Lakshmi, actress and host of the popular television program “Top Chef,” admits that it feels a little odd to talk about her period in front of an audience of total strangers. But she has realized that sharing her own history with endometriosis, a disease caused when scar tissue builds up outside the uterus, could help others who suffer from the disease. “I don’t want other girls to just sit there smiling silently like nothing is wrong,” Lakshmi said Friday at the launch of MIT’s new Center for Gynepathology, which will bring together engineers, scientists and physicians to study endometriosis.…
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'Top Chef''s Padma Lakshmi Gets Personal for a Cause

'Top Chef''s Padma Lakshmi Gets Personal for a Cause

"After 35, chances for a natural pregnancy are going down. If you have endometriosis, that process is significantly affected," said Dr. Tamer Seckin, [Padma] Lakshmi's doctor and co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America. http://abcnews.go.com/Health/WomensHealth/padma-lakshmi-opens-endometriosis/story?id=9253219&page=1 Padma Lakshmi, author, model and co-host of Bravo's series "Top Chef," opened up to students and scientists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Friday, where she traveled to raise awareness of endometriosis, a disease of the uterus that affects millions of women. Lakshmi said endometriosis has interfered with her work for decades and threatened her ability to have children. Now triumphantly pregnant after receiving…
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Top Chef's Lakshmi details struggle with illness

Top Chef's Lakshmi details struggle with illness

Lakshmi [along with Dr. Seckin] has become the driving force behind the Endometriosis Foundation of America, which together with researchers at MIT, is pushing to develop new treatments for the illness. http://uk.reuters.com/article/2009/12/07/us-lakshmi-idUKTRE5B63LU20091207?pageNumber=1&virtualBrandChannel=0   Cookbook author Padma Lakshmi is hoping to raise awareness and help tens of millions of women who suffer from endometriosis, a painful illness that can cause infertility. The 39-year-old model and host of reality cooking show "Top Chef," who is pregnant with her first child, has been talking about her two-decade struggle with the disorder, in which tissue that normally lines the uterus migrates to other parts…
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Scientist takes aim at her longtime silent scourge

Scientist takes aim at her longtime silent scourge

[MIT's new gynepathology] center includes more than a dozen researchers at MIT, Harvard, and elsewhere. The effort is generating excitement from others in the field. Dr. Tamer Seckin, a surgeon from New York City and cofounder with [Padma] Lakshmi of the Endometriosis Foundation of America, said that it commonly takes at least a decade for women to be correctly diagnosed. Linda Griffith is a scientific star. The winner of a MacArthur “genius’’ grant and a pioneer in tissue engineering at MIT, she famously helped grow a human ear on the back of a mouse. All the while, she was dealing…
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PADMA’S BABY MIRACLE!

PADMA’S BABY MIRACLE!

It's one of the most misunderstood. misdiagnosed, mismanaged and mistreated diseases. And because of that, women end up being infertile and in chronic pain", says Dr. Tamer Seckin. http://www.drseckin.com/member_files/topic_files/globe.pdf   TUNNING Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi has a bun in the oven. At age 39, the gorgeous former model is expecting her fi rst child, but the real miracle of her pregnancy is that she suffered for years with debilitating endometriosis – a disease that often causes infertility. Endometriosis is a condition where the tissue that usually lines the inside of the uterus grows on the outside, resulting in painful…
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A Pain You Can’t Ignore: Endometriosis

A Pain You Can’t Ignore: Endometriosis

Stomachaches, nausea, cramps. What you think is just part of being female could actually be a dangerous, debilitating disease. Here’s what you need to know about endometriosis — and why exercise could be the best antidote of all. — By Kristina Grish What Is Endometriosis? Last January, after a long run, I sat down to a delicious dinner of Thai takeout — then sprinted to the bathroom three hours later. Diarrhea turned to blood, and when I thought I was well enough to stand, I actually passed out. My husband, Scott, found me a few feet from the toilet with my…
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Endometriosis 101 - Padma Lakshmi

Recipe for Success: Padma Lakshmi

The Top Chef host dishes on food, fame, and her struggles with endometriosis -- plus she shares two delectable recipes. Padma Lakshmi isn't afraid of carbs. Moments after the Top Chef host arrives at a downtown New York City Italian restaurant -- her pick -- she enthusiastically orders the orecchiette con i pomodorini pachino at the waiter's recommendation. It's not just her predilection for pasta that breaches the celebrity stereotype. The New Delhi, India-born former model orders her pasta in perfect Italian -- one of the five languages she speaks -- and showed up without the requisite dark glasses, despite…
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Endometriosis is often suffered in silence and overlooked by doctors

Endometriosis is often suffered in silence and overlooked by doctors

ENDOMETRIOSIS is a debilitating disease suf-fered by six million wom-en of reproductive age in this country, and yet is often overlooked by many who think their symptoms are simply bad period pains. Its name is derived from endometrium, the name of the cells that line the inside of the uterus and which build up and shed each month during the menstrual cycle. In endometriosis, the cells are deposited in areas outside of the uterus, and are affected by the same hormones that produce the monthly cycle. Common symptoms are pelvic pain, persistent cramps, lower back pain and fatigue. If untreated,…
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Padma Lakshmi Turns Health Ordeal into Awareness

Padma Lakshmi Turns Health Ordeal into Awareness

Padma Lakshmi is turning a personal medical drama into a form of social outreach.  Padma Lakshmi is turning a personal medical drama into a form of social outreach. The Top Chef host, 38, has started foundation to raise awareness about endometriosis – a condition affecting women’s reproductive health – after her own experience of having a successful operation and making a full recovery. “I’m somebody who never knew I had this condition and always thought that everything was okay,” says Lakshmi. “I found out in a very hard, difficult way – and I had to be operated on. Now, I’m fine but…
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I’d always had very bad menstrual cramps, and they got progressively worse over the years

I’d always had very bad menstrual cramps, and they got progressively worse over the years

After taking her medical history and doing a physical exam, Seckin told Lakshmi that he was fairly confident that her problem wasn’t bad cramps but severe endometriosis, a mysterious, painful and destructive condition that affects about 10 percent of all women and may be involved in up to half of all cases of infertility. “I can’t tell you how many jobs I had to cancel because I was completely bedridden,” she says. “Sometimes, I would spend four days in bed.” Her mother had suffered the same symptoms. “I thought this was my lot in life,” Lakshmi says. For Padma Lakshmi, a former model and host of Bravo’s “Top Chef,” the…
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Fibroids, Laparoscopy and Fertility: Another Option

Fibroids, Laparoscopy and Fertility: Another Option

Uterine fibroids, non-malignant tumors in and around the uterus consisting of collagen and other soft tissue, can impede fertility. Depending upon the number of fibroids, their type, how quick they grow and their location, they can interfere with conception by changing the shape of the uterine cavity, and impinging on the uterine lining. They can also grow larger during pregn nancy; the rising amounts of progesterone triggers fibroid growth. This can cause fetal abnormalities and miscarriage. Certain types of small fibroids, usually outside the uterine cavity may be monitored before fertility treatments take place and a doctor may determine that…
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