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The Endometriosis Foundation of America strives to increase disease recognition, provide advocacy, facilitate expert surgical training, and fund landmark endometriosis research. Engaged in a robust campaign to inform both the medical community and the public, the EndoFound places particular emphasis on the critical importance of early diagnosis and effective intervention while simultaneously providing education to the next generation of medical professionals and their patients.

Interstitial Cystitis, Medical Gaslighting, and

Interstitial Cystitis, Medical Gaslighting, and "Hysteric" Women: Hannah George's Endo Story

In my long, painful road to discovering and treating my endometriosis, one of the pit stops was an interstitial cystitis (IC) diagnosis. Nicknamed the “evil twin” of endometriosis due to their frequent comorbidity, IC is characterized…

EndoFound in  Action

EndoFound in Action

  The Endometriosis Foundation of America Visits Capitol Hill Cause Celeb: Padma Lakshmi talks endometriosis on Capitol Hill Endometriosis Research Funding Bill Passed In Congress New York Passes Historic Endometriosis Legislation Historic…

UpEndo Who We are

UpEndo Who We are

WHO WE AREIn November of 2021, the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EndoFound) launched the UpEndo Coalition to serve as a collective voice providing an opportunity for coalition members to work together to raise awareness of endometriosis.…

Advocacy

Advocacy

EndoFound's UpEndo Coalition is a powerful voice for everyone touched by endometriosis. EndoFound's advocacy team is committed to speaking up about the policy needs of the endometriosis community. It plays a critical role in helping to secure…

New Jersey Assemblywoman Speight's Menstrual Health Package including Endometriosis

New Jersey Assemblywoman Speight's Menstrual Health Package including Endometriosis

Assemblywoman Speight: “END PERIOD POVERTY” Assemblywoman Shanique Speight, a proud representative of New Jersey’s 29th Legislative District, has dedicated her service to advocate for the needs of vulnerable populations and…

Learning to Believe Myself: Alexa Reilly's Endo Story

Learning to Believe Myself: Alexa Reilly's Endo Story

One day in September 2019, I laid down on my stomach as my physical therapist placed an ice pack on my lower back—a usual routine during my appointments for my back injury—but immediately I felt that something was different. The…

A Love Letter to a Partner with Endometriosis: Lucjan’s Story

A Love Letter to a Partner with Endometriosis: Lucjan’s Story

Trigger warning: The following piece contains discussions of content relating to suicide and self-harm. If you or someone you know is in need of crisis services, please call The Lifeline which provides 24/7, free and confidential…

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 Write to Your Rep to Support Critical Endometriosis Research & Funding!

Write to Your Rep to Support Critical Endometriosis Research & Funding!

We are excited to have the Congressional Endometriosis Caucus, led by Reps. Scott (GA), Williams (GA), Rice (NY), and Gonzalez-Colon (PR), circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter in the US House of Representatives asking their colleagues…

The Year That Marked My Life: Kimmy Cuthbert's Endo Story

The Year That Marked My Life: Kimmy Cuthbert's Endo Story

If you were to ask me whether there was a year that marked my life, I would reply, yes: 2018. How did I go from being a happy young woman to a woman who felt like a human pinball machine, being bounced from doctor to doctor? To tell you my…

These Heavy Rocks in My Womb Are Part of My Path: Anjali Soi's Endo Story

These Heavy Rocks in My Womb Are Part of My Path: Anjali Soi's Endo Story

I recently had my left ovary and fallopian tube removed via laparoscopy. They were frozen to the left of my pelvis and my gynecologist removed them along with the endometrial growths in my pelvic area. He said my endometriosis was very bad…

We Didn't Think One Child Was Possible—Now We Have Three: Amanda’s Endo Story

We Didn't Think One Child Was Possible—Now We Have Three: Amanda’s Endo Story

Endometriosis is a cruel disease that I have battled most of my life. I was diagnosed in college and was told then by my doctors that it was so severe I would never have children.   I distinctly remember the day I started my period…

Why I Seek to Learn About Other People's Experiences with Endometriosis: Ellie Denson's Endo Story

Why I Seek to Learn About Other People's Experiences with Endometriosis: Ellie Denson's Endo Story

When reading about or researching endometriosis, I often learned about the worst cases. A girl who needed to have her whole uterus removed, a woman who needed bladder reconstruction surgery, the couple who was trying to get pregnant and, for…

Medical Conference 2022: Pelvic and Beyond, Including Thoracic

Medical Conference 2022: Pelvic and Beyond, Including Thoracic

Now in its 13th year, our Endometriosis Medical Symposium brings together the leading endometriosis experts to discuss cutting-edge endometriosis research, treatments, and advances around the world. This conference focuses on extrapelvic endometriosis,…

The Blossom Newsletter - February 24, 2021

The Blossom Newsletter - February 24, 2021

Find the Community You’ve Been Looking For EndoFound’s annual patient-oriented conference was created for and inspired by women’s unique journeys with endometriosis. This year, we’re delighted to host three weekends…

The Blossom Newsletter - March 3, 2021

The Blossom Newsletter - March 3, 2021

Making Every Month Endometriosis Awareness Month: A Message from Dr. Seckin Endometriosis Awareness Month is officially here! And as Dr. Tamer Seckin, cofounder of EndoFound, says in his welcome video for our March conferences, if only every…

Helping Others with Endo Gives Me Strength to Fight for Myself: Angelique Hill's Endo Story

Helping Others with Endo Gives Me Strength to Fight for Myself: Angelique Hill's Endo Story

I remember being on the bathroom floor at my university, curled over in pain. My body was so hot that I thought I was going to faint. I kept thinking, “If I can’t get up, I can at least crawl in the hallway so someone could see…

Endometriosis Research Funding Bill Passed In Congress

Endometriosis Research Funding Bill Passed In Congress

Endometriosis research priorities in the final legislation passed by Congress and being sent to the President also includes an increase of $92 million for the NICHD over last year NEW YORK, March 11, 2022 – The Endometriosis Foundation…

The Blossom Newsletter - February 17, 2021

The Blossom Newsletter - February 17, 2021

The Endometriosis Event(s) of the Season To cover as much educational ground as possible, we’ve decided to space our virtual programming out over the entire month of March: four sessions, every Sunday of March. The first three Sundays…

A New Clinical Study on Transgender and Nonbinary People’s Experience of Living with Endometriosis

A New Clinical Study on Transgender and Nonbinary People’s Experience of Living with Endometriosis

Participating in clinical research trials for endometriosis can critically help the future of endometriosis care, and at EndoFound, we're dedicated to sharing IRB-approved trials that you can join. This week, we're excited to share a hermeneutic…

Endometriosis Research Funding Bill Passed in Congress

Endometriosis Research Funding Bill Passed in Congress

We're thrilled that last night, the United States Senate passed HR 2471, the FY22 Consolidated Appropriations Act. The next stop is the President’s desk for his signature making this a law. This legislation funds the federal government…

The Blossom Newsletter - February 10, 2021

The Blossom Newsletter - February 10, 2021

Our Annual Patient Conference & Endometriosis Medical Symposium is Back Our annual Patient Conference and Endometriosis Medical Symposium is back this March for Endometriosis Awareness Month! Now running in its 13th year, the Endometriosis…

Patient Days 2022: Here there and everywhere

Patient Days 2022: Here there and everywhere

Every year, the Endometriosis Foundation of America hosts a patient conference designed to equip patients with all the tools and information they need to live their best lives with endometriosis.  The virtual conference will include panels…

Patient Day 2022 Exhibitor Booth Raffle Prizes

Patient Day 2022 Exhibitor Booth Raffle Prizes

1. Painting by Amanda Adkins (www.AmandaAdkinsArt.com)    2. “support bundle”: Private Parts, How to be Loved, Know your Endo -SIGNED copy, blue warmies bear, dry brush 3. “awareness bundle”: I am 1 in 10 shirt,…

The Blossom Newsletter - February 3, 2021

The Blossom Newsletter - February 3, 2021

An Update from our Research Teams: The ROSE Study Since EndoFound provided critical seed money in 2013, Drs. Metz and Gregerson have been hard at work with the ROSE study, a large-scale interdisciplinary research effort which was initiated…

There is Hope for a Body that Knows Peace: Ali Ramos' Endo Story

There is Hope for a Body that Knows Peace: Ali Ramos' Endo Story

 “Women with endometriosis commonly suffer from heavy periods.” “Period pain is common in women with PCOS or endometriosis.” “Women with endometriosis commonly suffer from pain, chronic fatigue, headaches,…

Policy on Treatment versus Management of Endometriosis  and Pharmaceutical Industry Interaction

Policy on Treatment versus Management of Endometriosis and Pharmaceutical Industry Interaction

The Endometriosis Foundation of America (EndoFound) views one of its critical roles as being a trusted resource for patients and their healthcare providers. Patients are empowered when they possess knowledge and information about all aspects…

Announcing the Endometriosis Foundation of America’s 13th Annual Patient Conference & Medical Symposium This March

Announcing the Endometriosis Foundation of America’s 13th Annual Patient Conference & Medical Symposium This March

My dear friends, colleagues, and the endometriosis community around the world,  Tomorrow, March 1st, 2022, is the first day of Endometriosis Awareness Month. I wish every month were Endometriosis Awareness Month—especially because…

The Blossom Newsletter - January 27, 2021

The Blossom Newsletter - January 27, 2021

What to Expect at Your Cervical Cancer Screening January is cervical cancer awareness month—have you been screened recently? On The Blossom, Zaynab Onuh-Yahaya covers what you need to know about your cervical cancer screening, and why…

How I Adopted My Son After My Hysterectomy: Donavève Mangera's Endo Story

How I Adopted My Son After My Hysterectomy: Donavève Mangera's Endo Story

I started my menstrual cycle at the age of 11. I was made to believe that menstruation is painful and that I just need to suck it up. No one wants to be seen as a softie, so I continued handling the pain as best as I could.  One day, at…

I Was Heard by Every Doctor I Saw: Chelsea Hodgkinson's Endo Story

I Was Heard by Every Doctor I Saw: Chelsea Hodgkinson's Endo Story

I was 14 when the monthly ER visits began. Every other month it was the same diagnosis: A cyst must have ruptured from her monthly cycle, and you may want to take her to a gynecologist for birth control pills. The first GYN I’d seen as…

Doctors Told Me Endo Doesn't Cause Bloating (It Does): Morganne Skinner's Endo Story

Doctors Told Me Endo Doesn't Cause Bloating (It Does): Morganne Skinner's Endo Story

I’d like to say that my endometriosis story is different from others, but the unfortunate truth is that there are hundreds of others out there who have experienced a similar journey. Growing up, I always had extremely painful periods.…

The Blossom Newsletter - January 6, 2021

The Blossom Newsletter - January 6, 2021

Thanks to you, we’re making a difference for endometriosis patients Thanks to your incredible generosity, we exceeded our fundraising goal, and Northwell Health matched it with $50,000. Your donation will go to work immediately providing…

Invisible Cousins: Alison Vick's Journey with Endometriosis and Adenomyosis

Invisible Cousins: Alison Vick's Journey with Endometriosis and Adenomyosis

December 24, 2015 should have been extraordinary. The sun glowed over dense evergreen trees and serenity blanketed the Black Forest. My husband and I were staying on a German farm for Christmas where cats, dogs, horses, and other livestock…

EndoFound Staff

EndoFound Staff

Donna Kesselman, MD, Executive Director Donna Kesselman Raggio was in the fashion industry and worked as a Wall Street banker at J.P. Morgan before becoming a doctor at the age of 47. She attended medical school at State University of New York,…

Combatting Period Poverty Period Across the Country with State Representative Jillian Gilchrest

Combatting Period Poverty Period Across the Country with State Representative Jillian Gilchrest

Our campaign to end period poverty (PeriodNow) is making strides outside of New York. Thanks to our partnership with PERIOD and State Representative Jillian Gilchrest (D-West Hartford), we were able to present a donation of 50,000 tampons to…

Sarah Austin, Whose Daughter Committed Suicide Due to Endometriosis Pain, Speaks Out

Sarah Austin, Whose Daughter Committed Suicide Due to Endometriosis Pain, Speaks Out

Sarah Austin, the mother of Trinity Lillian Graves, tells her daughter's heartbreaking story. Trinity suffered debilitating pain from endometriosis and adenomyosis for nearly four years before she took her own life. Because Trinity's endometriosis…

 France's New National Strategy to Combat Endometriosis

France's New National Strategy to Combat Endometriosis

Great news from France! Yesterday, President Emmanuel Macron announced that he is launching a new national strategy to combat endometriosis in France. The national plan will address awareness and education, encourage early diagnosis, and advance…

I’m Talking About Endometriosis: Srinikhita Pole’s Endo Story

I’m Talking About Endometriosis: Srinikhita Pole’s Endo Story

Everybody knows about diabetes. It affects 180 million women around the world. That number is the combined population of Germany, Spain and the UK, which is funny, given that there is another disease that affects the same number of people,…

Ovarian Cysts 101

Ovarian Cysts 101

To start off, what are ovarian cysts?  Ovarian cysts are pouches or sacs filled with fluid that develop in the ovaries or on their surface. Many women have ovarian cysts at some point in their life. These cysts usually cause no symptoms…

Life is never easy, especially when you are a woman: Julie Anderson's Endo Story

Life is never easy, especially when you are a woman: Julie Anderson's Endo Story

Life is never easy, especially when you are a woman. This past summer was especially hard on me. It was the Saturday of Father’s Day weekend and my family and I were attending high school graduation parties.  When I arrived at my…

The Blossom Newsletter - November 18, 2021

The Blossom Newsletter - November 18, 2021

Join Corinne Foxx in Supporting EndoFound this GivingTuesday We're two weeks away from the global day of giving, GivingTuesday, on November 30th! You know better than anyone that endometriosis care is vastly underfunded and underestimated.…

The Blossom Newsletter - November 11, 2021

The Blossom Newsletter - November 11, 2021

There’s No Place Like New York: Gates Palissery’s Run for Endometriosis A round of applause is in order for Team EndoFound, who ran 26.2 miles last Sunday at the 50th TCS New York City Marathon! The team raised over $50K—all…

How A Diagnosis of Uterine Fibroids Delayed Endo Treatment: Ruby Tolbert's Endo Story

How A Diagnosis of Uterine Fibroids Delayed Endo Treatment: Ruby Tolbert's Endo Story

My endometriosis story is one that I believe is unique. All women have different walks of life and different stories, and mine, too, is different. My endometriosis story starts with uterine fibroids.  I have always had heavy periods. I…

The Blossom Newsletter - October 28, 2021

The Blossom Newsletter - October 28, 2021

Come Cheer on Team EndoFound with Us! This Sunday November 7th, join EndoFound to cheer on 15 Team EndoFound runners at the 50th TCS New York City Marathon! The team has already raised over $40,000 to fight endometriosis—and you can still…

A New Clinical Trial on Endometriosis Pain & Cabergoline

A New Clinical Trial on Endometriosis Pain & Cabergoline

Participating in clinical research trials for endometriosis can critically help the future of endometriosis care, and at EndoFound, we're dedicated to sharing IRB-approved trials that you can join. This week, we're excited to share a clincial…

Join The Endometriosis Foundation of America's Effort to “UpEndo” in Congress

Join The Endometriosis Foundation of America's Effort to “UpEndo” in Congress

  LATEST UPDATE Email Template for Congressman Scott With great excitement, The Endometriosis Foundation of America (EndoFound) is announcing the creation of the “UpEndo” coalition. This new effort will provide an opportunity…

The Blossom Newsletter - October 28, 2021

The Blossom Newsletter - October 28, 2021

A Beginner’s Guide to Participating in Clinical Trials It’s no secret that endometriosis research is critically underfunded—but there’s still cutting-edge research happening and you can help progress research efforts…

Support The House Endometriosis Caucus

Support The House Endometriosis Caucus

Click here to join EndoFound's UpEndo Coalition Congresswoman Nikema Williams The Endometriosis Foundation of America (EndoFound) is pleased to support the House Endometriosis Caucus to raise awareness and increase research for endometriosis. Congresswoman…