endometriosis

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    Amy Schumer, Gigi Hadid, Jennifer Lawrence, Padma Lakshmi, and others get candid about menstruation, sending the message that no period topic is off the table.

  • Why people feel the need to give you, and celebrities like Lena Dunham, unsolicited advice

    People's motives for unsolicited advice are generally good but misguided.

  • ‘The pain was so bad, I went to the ER a few times’: How birth control can work beyond pregnancy prevention

    For many women, hormonal birth control can be "life-altering" when it comes to helping with health issues from endometriosis to bleeding disorders.

  • Gabrielle Union opens up about her rape and infertility: 'I've seen the devil up close'

    At the #BlogHer summit in New York, the 45-year-old actress opened up about her trauma.

  • Lena Dunham Undergoes Total Hysterectomy In Ongoing Endometriosis Battle

    “I may have felt choiceless before, but I know I have choices now."

  • Add Jaime King to the list of women here to remind you birth control is basic health care

    Birth control doesn’t just prevent pregnancy — many women use the pill to regulate menstrual symptoms or moderate the pain associated with gynecologic disorders. Jaime King is one of them, and she wants lawmakers to know what she now knows.

  • Lena Dunham Thanks Fans After Emergency Hospitalization, Vocally Advocates for Healthcare Access

    The 'Girls' star was hospitalized due to complications from her recent endometriosis surgery.

  • Woman Suffering from Endometriosis Pens An Emotional Love Letter to Her Husband

    "Romance is not flowers and chocolate. It's cleaning a grimy tub."

  • Lena Dunham Shares Her Endometriosis Scars in Bikini Selfie

    The 'Girls' creator was having a pool party with the cast.

  • This Is What Endometriosis Really Feels Like

    Endometriosis happens when tissue that would usually grow inside the uterus instead grows outside of it, commonly on the ovaries, bowel, bladder, and elsewhere throughout the pelvic cavity.

  • Lena Dunham and Padma Lakshmi Open Up About the Painful Disorder They Share

    Women with endometriosis often have to suffer in pain for years before receiving a proper diagnosis. “The symptoms can also be vague and mimic other conditions.” While most women experience pain, the location of that pain can differ depending on the location of the endometriosis, which can confuse doctors and lead to a misdiagnosis, Wider says.

  • 11 Things Only Someone With Endometriosis Understands

    “So when I found myself very fatigued and lethargic with a bad fever, I thought it was just the weather.”   She ended up in the ER after the fever hit 104°F. After 9 hours of tests for life-threatening concerns like a ruptured appendix, she found out she actually had stage 4 endometriosis. It wasn’t: “The doctors guessed I had had endometriosis for at least 10 years, unchecked, undiagnosed.” She was 33.  Related: 5 Reasons It Hurts Down There A little endometriosis 101 for the unfamiliar: Cells that typically grow in the lining of the uterus, called the endometrium, can end up in other places, where they really don’t belong, says Marc R. Laufer, MD, a Harvard professor, chief of gynecology at Boston Children’s Hospital, and the director of the Boston Center for Endometriosis. "Every time a woman has a period, there are these micro-periods happening,” says Tamer Seckin, MD, a specialist in endometriosis in private practice in New York and the co-founder and medical director of the Endometriosis Foundation of America.

  • Millions of Women Suffer From This Ignored Disease

    In this May 11, 2015, file photo, Susan Sarandon arrives at The Theatre at Ace Hotel in Los Angeles. (Image via Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File) Susan Sarandon, Whoopi Goldberg, Padma Lakshmi, and another 176 million women suffer from an often painful, debilitating disease that few people have heard of — including primary care doctors. It’s estimated that one woman in 10 of reproductive age have endometriosis, a disease that occurs when tissue similar to the lining of the womb is found elsewhere in the body — like in the abdomen, ovaries, bladder, and bowel — and bleeds every month, reports the Guardian.  Related: Mystery Brain Disease Strikes Women in US Though some have no symptoms, others complain of pain so severe that they pass out.

  • Why We Should Be Talking More About Endometriosis

    At one point in my life, I was experiencing constant, agonizing vaginal and bladder pain. It was a dull aching sensation that radiated from my groin throughout my entire mid-section, seemingly out of nowhere. It was so unbearable that I spent days indoors for fear of not being able to reach a bathroom or lie down. When it became clear that my pain wasn’t going anywhere, I scheduled an appointment with my OB-GYN, sure she would have a solution. Except that she didn’t. ...