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Premenopause / Early Menopause / Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (or Failure) / Perimenopause / Menopause / Postmenopause: Why these names matter

Making sense of the many names for women’s reproductive aging by Dr. Jerilynn C. Prior Jerilynn C. Prior BA, MD, FRCPC, ABIM, ABEM is a Professor of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, B.C. She is the founder (2002) and Scientific Director of the Centre for Menstrual Cycle and Ovulation Research(CeMCOR). The process...

“Endo What?” documentary sets the record straight about endometriosis

The facts are eye-opening, the experts are compelling, but it is the voices of women talking about their lived experience with endometriosis that have the biggest impact in Endo What?, the documentary about the disease that premiered in New York City on March 16, 2016, during #EndometriosisAwarenessMonth. In one early scene, woman after woman states the number of years...

Three facts about endometriosis: Lupron, surgery and adjunct treatments

Weaving A Red Web by Giuliana Serena “…there are fewer than 100 surgeons in North America who have been identified as doing effective surgery for endometriosis.” Guest Post by Philippa Bridge-Cook, PhD Endometriosis has had more press attention in the last several weeks than it has had in years, thanks to Girls writer/producer/actress Lena Dunham’s announcement that she was not...
Endometriosis, painful sex, and physical therapy

Endometriosis, painful sex, and physical therapy

Dr. Sallie Sarrel is a Women’s Health Physical Therapist who specializes in endometriosis. “We have emerged from the days of Freud and finger pointing that sexual pain is only psychological. Especially in the case of women with endometriosis, sexual pain is driven by physiologic reasons.” Guest Post by Dr. Sallie Sarrel, PT ATC DPT Sexuality is one of the innermost...
We must talk about sex and endometriosis

We must talk about sex and endometriosis

“Societal bias often tells us pain is simply ‘part of life’ and that symptoms of endometriosis like dyspareunia (painful sex) are somehow ‘normal’ or that we ‘shouldn’t talk about them.’ This is wrong.” Guest Post by Nancy Petersen, RN Endometriosis significantly impairs health-related quality of life across multiple domains, including pain, sexual, psychological and social functioning. The disease often creates...
Thank you, Endometriosis

Thank you, Endometriosis

“This may sound strange, but because of endometriosis, I have a lot to be thankful for.” Sophie Zivku Guest Post by Sophie Zivku, MA, Communications and Education Manager, Diva International Inc. If you asked me ten years ago where I saw myself in my 30s, I never would have said working for a menstrual cup company and being known in...
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