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Feeling Better?

I went home sick yesterday. To clarify — I went home in excruciating, menstruation-impending pain. Due to my school’s block scheduling, it was a day on which my planning period came on the last time block. The pain had been

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Is Pelvic Floor PT for Me?

And other introductory questions. Continued from here. Also note for brief mention of sexual assault. And before I even get started, I want to post an Official Big Ol’ Disclaimer: I am not an expert in pelvic floor or any

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Pelvic Floor PT & Me

Once upon a time, I had health insurance that actually, like, covered things. After attending a yoga-related workshop on the pelvic floor, I learned there was such a thing as pelvic floor physical therapy that could sometimes help with chronic

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Elsewhere on the Intarwebs

I’m guest blogging at Consider the Tea Cosy! — “I saved three lives today. At least, that’s what the sticker from the American Red Cross blood drive tells me.” Have fun reading there, and stay tuned for one more guest

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Dear Endo

You suck, and I hate you.

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Why Are You Taking That?

It’s pretty well known around these parts that I have endometriosis. Similarly, that the actual line-up of endometrial lesions in my body is a relatively atypical one. That is, a lot of endo tends to be centered on the outside

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Pacing

Drawing of a uterus with a smiley face inside.

There’s a load of laundry in the dryer; I should take it out and fold it. There are two more loads waiting to take its place; I should put at least one of them in. In reality, I will pull

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A Small Endometriosis Rant

Partly on the endo classification system itself, partly on how people tend to interpret it. Short text explanation of how endo classification works — Upon observation (usually via laparoscopy), the surgeon makes note of the size and location of any

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5 Challenges & 5 Small Victories

I didn’t really write yesterday, but I think I can handle today’s blog prompt. It involves numbered lists, after all — and I love numbered lists. 5 Challenges & 5 Small Victories. Make a list of the 5 most difficult

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Have you met my uterus?

Drawing of a uterus, including an angry face and text "FU!" on the inside of it.

Another post in the WEGO Health Activist Writer’s Month Challenge. (I am sort of sad to be coming toward the end of April, just when I’d committed that acronym to memory.) Today’s prompt reads: Health Mascot. Give yourself, your condition,

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Not the Brilliantist Mad Lib Ever

But, you know. I followed the instructions: Health Madlib Poem. Go to : http://languageisavirus.com/cgi-bin/madlibs.pl and fill in the parts of speech and the site will generate a poem for you. Feel free to post the Madlib or edit it to

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Miracle Grapefruit Spoons

Disclaimer: This product description has been provided for entertainment purposes only. It has not been approved by the FDA and is not intended to diagnose or treat any condition. As you may have guessed, the health blog challenge thingie (you

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Pain, Real & Imagined

[Note: While I am still participating in the WEGO Health Activist challenge, the prompt for today was to write a letter to my 16-year-old self, the likes of which I've already done relatively recently, so I decided that the better

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Endo Fact #30: The Future

Via Carolyn Kimmel and PennLive: Current research is focused on the role of the immune system in the development of endometriosis and the gene changes that allow the endometrial cells to become independent and distinctly different from the cells inside

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This is not really an endo fact, #29.

Rather, it’s a quotation from Padma Lakshmi, co-founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America, as quoted in this Huffington Post article: We just alerted them to the signs and symptoms of endometriosis, looking for whether a girl misses school every

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Endo Fact #28

Still working through the ASRM fact sheet, this time looking at possible new treatments: A number of new drugs are under research and development for endometriosis. Antiprogestins, such as mifespristone and onapristone, have had success in small studies. These medications

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Endo Fact #27

Still going through the fact sheet from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine: Hormonal therapy may be suggested when pain interferes with family, work, or daily activities, since these therapies usually reduce pelvic pain and dyspareunia in more than 80%

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Endo Fact #26

On endo and infertility, again from the American Society of Reproductive Medicine: There is a large body of evidence that demonstrates an association between endometriosis and infertility. Endometriosis can be found in up to 50% of infertile women. (Here, I

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Endo Fact #25

From the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s fact sheet on endometriosis: Endometriosis can cause pain during or after intercourse, a condition known as dyspareunia. Deep penetration can produce pain in an ovary bound by scar tissue to the top of

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Endo Fact #24

Well, more of an endo opinion, technically. Again from the Women’s Surgery Group: It is critical that physicians recognize the degree to which endometriosis can physically and emotionally disrupt patients’ lives. In other shocking news, water is wet — and

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