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Adenomyosis- sister to endometriosis

Endometriosis is often found along with other conditions that can cause similar symptoms (see Related Conditions). One of those conditions is called adenomyosis, where endometrial glands and stroma invade the muscular part of the uterine wall (Gracia et al., 2022).

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Teens with endometriosis

Endometriosis in adolescents was recently reviewed by Liakopoulou et al. (2022), and they report that “adolescent endometriosis is a challenging diagnosis” and that “the disease can be easily overlooked”- thus the true incidence of endometriosis in teens is not really

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Endometriosis and early menopause

Is there an association between endometriosis and early menopause? Kulkarni et al. (2022) looked this question and found that there just might be. The authors state that early natural menopause (ENM) is the cessation of ovarian function before age 45

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More updates on diet with endometriosis

A recent systemic review looked at the effect of dietary changes on pain perception in endometriosis. While the researchers went through 2185 studies, only six studies fulfilled their inclusion criteria (reproductive age; laparoscopically confirmed endometriosis; and intervention including any type

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Endometriosis and rheumatoid arthritis

A couple of recent studies have indicated that those with endometriosis might have a higher risk of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) (Xue et al., 2021; Chen et al., 2021). One study even suggested “in the clinical management of patients with RA,

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Endometriosis and Constipation

Endometriosis is associated with several “digestive complaints, including abdominal pain, bloating, diarrhea, constipation, rectal bleeding, and dyschezia” (Raimondo et al., 2022). Raimondo et al. (2022) reports that “chronic constipation (CC) in women with endometriosis varies from 12% to 85%” and

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Endometriosis and Heart Disease

There is not much literature about endometriosis and heart disease. Marchandot et al. (2022) reports that there are some overlaps in contributors to both heart disease and endometriosis, such as “chronic inflammation, enhanced oxidative stress, endothelial dysfunction, and cellular proliferation.”

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Fatigue, rest, and pacing

During endometriosis awareness month, the most interacted with post on our Facebook page was about fatigue- which points to how significant it impacts those with endometriosis. Fatigue and pain often go hand in hand- with one aggravating the other. One

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Endometriosis Awareness Week 4

Endometriosis awareness month is still going! As it is our last newsletter for March, we have a bunch of more shareable information, including some myth-busters. Remember, a good link to share is our basic all About Endometriosis that has short

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Endometriosis Awareness Week 3

Endometriosis awareness month is still going! Here is a week’s worth of shareable information. Another good link to share is our basic all About Endometriosis that has short and to the point information about endometriosis as well as links for

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Endometriosis Awareness Week 2

Endometriosis awareness month has arrived! Here is a week’s worth of shareable information. Another good link to share is our basic all About Endometriosis that has short and to the point information about endometriosis as well as links for more

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Endometriosis Awareness Week 1

Endometriosis awareness month has arrived! Here is a week’s worth of shareable information. Another good link to share is our basic all About Endometriosis that has short and to the point information about endometriosis as well as links for more

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Endo Awareness- Start the Conversation

March is endometriosis awareness month, and it is time to start the conversation about endo. Endometriosis can take an average of 10 years before a diagnosis and even longer to find effective treatment. That’s why it is important to start

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Surgery- expertise matters 

The gold standard for diagnosis of endometriosis is through laparoscopic surgery. The knowledge and skill of the surgeon can affect the ability to accurately identify endometriosis- in order to not only diagnose it but to also successfully remove all disease (Jose, Fausto, &

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A Letter to Providers from Two Endo Patients
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Using symptoms to lead to earlier diagnosis

Last week we talked about pain and how early intervention is important. In order to achieve this early intervention, early diagnosis is critical. The gold standard for diagnosis involves surgery, which can be delayed while trials of medications and other

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Pain- it’s complicated 

Pain is a complex phenomenon, with multiple contributing factors. It is also one of the most prevalent symptoms of endometriosis. Pain can be a mix of several factors, such as inflammation, nerves, and myofascial components. Maddern et al. (2020) looked

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MRI and expert training

We have noted before that specialized training and experience is highly beneficial in the ability to diagnose and treat endometriosis. This includes the technicians and providers who read imaging prior to surgery. Another study published this year confirms this again

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Endocannabinoids and endometriosis

There has been an increase in research on endocannabinoids and their role in health. There are two main cannibinoid receptors that have been studied. CB1 receptors have been largely studied for their role in the central nervous system, while CB2 is more associated with

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Gut microbiota and endometriosis

There is a lot of interest in research about the effect of the gut microbiota on our health. The gut microbiota is the collection of microorganisms that live in the human gastrointestinal tract. The “intestinal bacteria play a crucial role in

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The effect of invalidation

The findings of this study are not actually ‘news,’ as it is all too commonly reported in the existing qualitative work and within health advocacy communities. However, these findings may be therapeutic to patients – they can validate patients’ experiences with these negative medical encounters and provide hope that work is indeed being conducted to bring this issue that largely lives within health advocacy communities to the academic sphere and those who really need to know this.

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Happy new year!

We hope that your new year brings you health and happiness. If you are still struggling to find a diagnosis, find treatment options, or want to find more resources, we hope our website can help you on your journey. Explore more at https://nancysnookendo.com/ and

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Happy Holidays!

In the midst of several different holiday celebrations, people with endometriosis can often struggle to balance activities and symptoms. Grogan, Turley, and Cole (2018) interviewed people with endometriosis and they noted that:  “Participants spoke about their lives being a constant struggle,

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Endometriosis outside of the pelvis

Endometriosis is not confined to the pelvis. Endometriosis lesions have been found in multiple other areas in the body, including some strange places- like the nasal passage or the stomach wall (Mignemi et al., 2012; Mohamed et al., 2016). Andres et

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Chronic fatigue syndrome and endometriosis

While no strong studies have been performed on endometriosis and chronic fatigue syndrome (also called myalgic encephalomyelitis)(CFS/ME), CFS/ME has been found with some frequency in those with endometriosis. This doesn’t mean that one causes the other. Rather it indicates that they can

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Killer cramps

What’s behind those killer cramps in endometriosis? A mixture of nociceptive, inflammatory, and neuropathic factors that combine to create pain and other symptoms. Endometriosis is more than killer cramps. The factors associated with inflammation and nerves, such as prostaglandins, can cause

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Thankful for resources on endometriosis

It was Thanksgiving week in the USA- a time to take a moment to focus our attention on what we are grateful to have. While there is much to be learned about endometriosis and the best treatment, I am grateful

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Social gatherings and food choices

As we approach a season of many different holidays, our thoughts often turn to food. There is usually food at most any holiday gathering- which can be both a pleasure and a grief for those dealing with a chronic illness.

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Wait a minute- is that true?

We frequently get questions about information that is assumed to be true in most cases of endometriosis. When evaluating information about endometriosis, it is good to keep in mind that long accepted beliefs may not necessarily be absolute. Here are

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Recovery- not always smooth sailing

We often get questions about how long will it take to recover from surgery and how long does it take to know if it was successful. The aggravating answer is….it depends. There are many different things that play a part

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A Letter to Providers from Two Endo Patients
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Endo in adolescents

Adolescents can be affected by endometriosis. In fact, according to American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Endometriosis is the leading cause of secondary dysmenorrhea in adolescents. Endometriosis should be considered in patients with persistent, clinically significant dysmenorrhea despite treatment with

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