Who Gets Endometriosis

Who Gets Endometriosis

176 million women worldwide and 5 million American women suffer from endometriosis. Because endometriosis can take almost 10 years to diagnose, it is most often diagnosed between the age of 25-40. However, teenagers and adult women of any age can have endometriosis. Every woman has some endometriosis in their body, but most don't have enough to cause serious symptoms that would make them go to the doctors. Are you at risk for endometriosis? Find out what factors boost the chance you have or will have endometriosis: Family History If your mom or sister…Read more
Support The CARERS Act And Legalize Marijuana

Support The CARERS Act And Legalize Marijuana

Senators Rand Paul, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Cory Booker introduced the CARERS Act to change marijuana from a Schedule I drug to a Schedule II drug. We urge you to support this bill because medical marijuana helps many women with endometriosis, autoimmune disorders, and other chronic illnesses. By moving medical marijuana from Schedule 1 to Schedule 2, the government acknowledges that there are medical benefits to cannabis (something it's known for the last 50 years) and lowers the criminal penalties for growers, sellers, and patients who use cannabis. This means there is almost no…Read more
Yoga For Endometriosis

Yoga For Endometriosis

  Yoga is great for flexibility, booting stress, and increasing focus, but can it relieve the pain of endometriosis? YES! Physical pain from endometriosis is heightened by stress in three ways. First, stress raised the hormone cortisol in your body, which causes your body to increase inflammatory hormones that increase your pain. Second, stress causes your threshold for pain to be lower, because your brain can't cope with pain. Finally, stress zaps your energy leading you to lay around in bed instead of moving around and doing thing like light exercise or food…Read more
6 Tips For Dealing With Winter Pelvic Pain

6 Tips For Dealing With Winter Pelvic Pain

  Changes in weather can seriously mess with your endometriosis pain. Want to know why? Read our article "Does Cold Weather Make Endometriosis Worse?" Follow our 6 tips for dealing with pelvic pain in cold weather: Watch the weather. Befriend your local weatherman on the tv, and keep an eye out for drops in barometric pressure. If there is one coming your way, increase your anti-inflammatory pain medication before the storm hits. It’s always easier to prevent pain onset than treat pain once it’s here. Boost your mood. You might not be able…Read more
Does Weather Make Endometriosis Pain Worse?

Does Weather Make Endometriosis Pain Worse?

  If you're like us, every time it rains or god forbid snows, you wake up with horrible pelvic pain and even joint pain. Is it all in your head? Nope! Harvard professor Dr. Robert Newlin Jamison says, "For whatever reason, people with chronic pain are real shy about saying it, because they think other people think they're nuts." Two-thirds of patients studied reported they felt weather impacted their pain. New research suggests certain type of pains do get worse with changes in weather. Some patients even feel pain the day before a storm,…Read more
What Is Endometriosis?

What Is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis occurs when the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus, called the endometrium, grows outside your uterus. Endometriosis impacts 10% of all women, a total of 176 million women worldwide. Symptoms can range from no pain at all, just infertility, pain and heavy bleeding only during menstrual periods and disabling pain 24/7. There is no cure and diagnosis may take up to a decade. Endometriosis can be found growing in the ovaries, bowels or pelvis, but occasionally grows in the lungs, brain and other areas. Endometriosis sheds similarly to uterine lining, causing…Read more
Cannabis Helped My Endometriosis

Cannabis Helped My Endometriosis

About 1 in 10 women suffer from endometriosis, a condition which includes symptoms of pain during sex, long, heavy and painful menstrual periods, and infertility. Characterized by uterine tissue growing outside the uterus on the ovaries, pelvis, intestine, or even lungs, endometriosis can cause scar tissue and even organs attaching to each other. There is no cure for this disease, diagnosis can take up to a decade, and many women are denied pain management. Sadly, many women with endometriosis avoid sex because it can cause crippling pelvic pain for up to a week.…Read more
Endometriosis & The Endocannabinoid System

Endometriosis & The Endocannabinoid System

How is the Endocannabinoid System (ECS) Disrupted in Endometriosis? Many components of the ECS are found in endometrial tissue and their levels are regulated by the menstrual cycle in rodent models of the disease. These include cannabinoid receptors type 1 and type 2 (CB1 and CB2), N-acyl phosphatidylethanolamine phospholipase D (NAPE-PLD), an enzyme that synthesizes endocannabinoids, and fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH), and enzyme that breaks down endocannabinoids. The highest concentration of the endocannabinioid anandamide (AEA) in the reproductive system is found in the uterus. Endometriosis is linked to endocannabinoid deficiency (ECD). Women…Read more
Yoga Poses For Headaches

Yoga Poses For Headaches

  Headaches can be caused by the daily stress of dealing with chronic pain from endometriosis or other diseases, or caused by emotional tension from daily life. Whatever the source of your headaches, yoga can help reduce the frequency and severity of them. Practice these 3 easy poses from EndoYoga and you'll be saying Ahhhhh: photo credit: (64/365) Really really really ow... via photopin (license)Read more
Help Patients Not Doctors

Help Patients Not Doctors

I'm happy that celebrities like Top Chef host Padma Lakshmi have stepped up and founded nonprofits like the Endometriosis Foundation of America. My problem is that organizations like these raise huge amounts of money that don't go to benefiting patients. They go to educating doctors, likely at a seminar on a tropical island somewhere. These doctors are already doing well financially, since the cost of endometriosis surgeries is sky high, and can afford to pay for their own "educational vacation." Who deserves the money donated to endometriosis foundations? The patients! Many women with…Read more