Revolutionary Technology – Female Menstrual Cycle in a Dish

Exciting developments in 3-D medical technology has allowed scientists to create a miniature model of the female reproductive system. This device could eventually be individualized with a specific woman’s stem cells, so that drug therapies for disease could be tested within the device, not in the body of the patient. …

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Awareness is Key to Battling Endometriosis: A Conversation with the Endometriosis Foundation of America

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 …

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Daisy Ridley Shares Her Struggle With Endometriosis and Polycystic Ovary Syndrome

Daisy Ridley, British actress and fresh new face in the Star Wars galaxy, opened up in a candid Instagram post about her diagnosis of endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). Endometriosis occurs when cells from the lining of the uterus grow in other areas of the body, it causes pain and cramping. Acne …

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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 …

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Celiac Disease and Women

If not for my mother-in-law’s diagnosis of celiac disease 10 years ago, my kids wouldn’t be as healthy as they are now. At 3 ½, my daughter was losing weight and we were getting concerned. My mother-in-law’s celiac diagnosis meant that all family members had to get tested. My daughter’s …

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How IBD Messes With Your Period, Pregnancy, and Sex Life

If you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and you think it’s messing with your menstrual cycle, your pregnancy, your menopause, and even your sex life, you’d be…right. Women have all the luck, eh? IBDs affect both women and men, but as often seems to be the case, women experience unique …

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Endometriosis: More than Painful Periods

When Donna Laux told her gynecologist – who was head of the department at a prestigious hospital – that she thought she had endometriosis, he disagreed because she was in her early 20s. He called it a disease of a 40+ year-old woman. Laux was finally diagnosed through laparoscopic surgery …

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