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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 EFA 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.

The Endometriosis Foundation of America Joins<br /> the 2018 BMW Berlin Marathon!

The Endometriosis Foundation of America Joins
the 2018 BMW Berlin Marathon!

Want to lace up your sneaks and run with EndoFound? Mark your calendars, because we're accepting applications to join our Berlin Marathon Charity Team!  The 45th Annual Berlin Marathon will take place in Berlin, Germany on Sept. 16,…

Why Lena Dunham’s Choice to Get a Hysterectomy Matters to Women With Endometriosis

Why Lena Dunham’s Choice to Get a Hysterectomy Matters to Women With Endometriosis

This article originally appeared on Vogue.com In Vogue’s March issue, Lena Dunham shares the deeply personal story of her decade-long struggle with endometriosis in a moving essay called “Losing It.” The “it” in…

Patient Awareness Day 2018: <br />Living Your Best Life With Endo

Patient Awareness Day 2018:
Living Your Best Life With Endo

The entrance to Lenox Hill Hospital's Sherman and Einhorn Auditorium at 131 East 76th Street between Lexington and Park Avenues in the Lenox Hill neighborhood of the Upper East Side, Manhattan, New York City.          …

Blossom Monthly Newsletter - February 2018

Blossom Monthly Newsletter - February 2018

"Abyss: 221-00"(2017) by Nina Q. Allen Digital Collage, 12' X 12'   ABYSS221 is a crystal series inspired my recent battle with endometriosis. ABYSS equals a deep void, while 221 signifies a bright future. Connections between gender, health,…

Patient Awareness Day 2018: <br />Living Your Best Life With Endo

Patient Awareness Day 2018:
Living Your Best Life With Endo

Confirmed Speakers: Piraye Beim Seth Berger, MD Carli Blau Daniel Camburn Megan Cleary Brandilee Coon Noemie Elhadad, PhD Karli Goldstein, DO Meredith Koloski Jessica Murnane Abby Norman Mary Sabo Alison Shrikhande, MD Amy Stein Tamer Seckin,…

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Living Your Best Life With Endo

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Living Your Best Life With Endo

On behalf of The Endometriosis Foundation of America, I am excited to announce the return of our 8th Annual Patient Awareness Day, taking place on Sunday, March 18 at Einhorn Auditorium inside Lenox Hill Hospital in NYC! Patient Awareness Day…

A Q&A With Noémie Elhadad About Her New Endo-Symptom-Tracking App, Phendo

A Q&A With Noémie Elhadad About Her New Endo-Symptom-Tracking App, Phendo

Noémie Elhadad is a researcher in biomedical informatics at Columbia University. Through her Citizen Endo project she created Phendo, an app that allows women to track their endometriosis symptoms and submit them for research. How has…

My Vagina Tried To Kill Me Comedian Amy Vreeke: Laughter Is The Best Medicine for Endo

My Vagina Tried To Kill Me Comedian Amy Vreeke: Laughter Is The Best Medicine for Endo

For a comedian, hopping on stage and telling jokes to a roomful of people can be nerve-wrecking enough, which is why Amy Vreeke deserves a standing ovation for announcing, during a recent stand-up routine, that she suffers from endometriosis.…

Hearing the Endo Warrior’s Cry: <br />Empowering the Voice of Your Pain

Hearing the Endo Warrior’s Cry:
Empowering the Voice of Your Pain

By Angela Wix Proud Endometriosis Warrior Creator of Healing & Creative Arts St. Croix County, WI I've struggled with endometriosis for decades, but only this year did I start receiving truly beneficial treatment. For many, endo begins…

Blossom Ball 2018 - Honorary Committee Purchase Tickets

Blossom Ball 2018 - Honorary Committee Purchase Tickets

Purchase your tickets now for the 9th Annual Blossom Ball! Questions please contact us at blossomball@endofound.org

Blossom Ball 2018 - Purchase Tickets

Blossom Ball 2018 - Purchase Tickets

Purchase your tickets now for the 9th Annual Blossom Ball! Questions please contact us at blossomball@endofound.org  

Blossom Ball Info

Blossom Ball Info

Ticket Prices and Information Table Packages Orchid Table at $15,000  (Limited Availability) Recognized supporter of Endofound Research 2018 Awards 2-page ad in Blossom Ball Program Recognition on event press and materials Listing in event…

Write for Endofound.org

Write for Endofound.org

EndoFound is looking for talented and passionate writers to contribute news and features to our new vertical, The Blossom. We want ideas that are fun, fresh, informative, empowering, educational and understandable for the everyday Endo woman.…

Endofound Medical Conference

Endofound Medical Conference

Check back for more information about the Endofound's 2018 Medical Conference

Watch and Read: Endometriosis Warrior Halsey’s Viral Speech at NYC Women’s March

Watch and Read: Endometriosis Warrior Halsey’s Viral Speech at NYC Women’s March

here is my entire "A Story Like Mine" poem from today's #WomensMarch2018 in NYC tw: rape / assault. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/l3fji73woM — h (@halsey) January 20, 2018 Bravery has a name: Halsey. On Jan. 20, Grammy-winning singer Halsey…

What causes endometriosis?

What causes endometriosis?

What causes endometriosis? The cause of endometriosis is unknown. While multiple theories exist to its etiology, these should be taken as hypotheses that need further research to be validated. This is why it is so crucial to keeping investing…

Endometriosis Symptoms: Fatigue & Personality Changes

Endometriosis Symptoms: Fatigue & Personality Changes

Fatigue in endometriosis patients When discussing the physical effects of endometriosis, pain is generally the main symptom doctors focus on, as they should. It’s the one thing that all women with this disease have in common in some form.…

Inflammation: A Possible New Source for Early Detection of Endometriosis

Inflammation: A Possible New Source for Early Detection of Endometriosis

Endometriosis, a disease that is said to affect one in ten women in the United States, and is often characterized as a disease of inflammation. In reaction to the presence of out of place endometrial tissue (endometriosis), the body is said…

Endometriosis Symptoms: Infertility

Endometriosis Symptoms: Infertility

Infertility as a symptom of endometriosis Fertility problems are highly associated with endometriosis, and it is thus the sixth fundamental symptom of the disease. Infertility is often defined as the inability to conceive of a child. However,…

Endometriosis Symptoms: Neuropathy

Endometriosis Symptoms: Neuropathy

What is neuropathy? What is neuropathy? The fifth predominant symptom, neuropathy, is pain caused by damaged nerves. When you have neuropathy, the nerves are physically attacked, either directly or indirectly. Endometriosis occurring in and…

Endometriosis Symptoms: Gastrointestinal Distress

Endometriosis Symptoms: Gastrointestinal Distress

What is gastrointestinal distress due to endometriosis? The fourth fundamental symptom of endometriosis is irregular bowel movements, mainly highly painful ones. A bowel movement is when your stool passes through and out of your body after…

Endometriosis Symptoms: Painful Sex (Dyspareunia)

Endometriosis Symptoms: Painful Sex (Dyspareunia)

What is painful sex? The third predominant symptom of endometriosis is painful sex (dsypareunia). Patients with endometriosis often find themselves experiencing physical pain when engaging in sex, which is a very personal note for patients…

Endometriosis Symptoms: Painful Periods

Endometriosis Symptoms: Painful Periods

What are painful periods? Painful periods  are the second chief symptom of endometriosis and can be thought of as abnormally painful cramping during one’s period. They can be excruciatingly uncomfortable, often forcing women to not…

Endometriosis Symptoms: Abnormal Periods

Endometriosis Symptoms: Abnormal Periods

What are abnormal periods? The first fundamental symptom of endometriosis, is abnormal periods. Abnormal periods can include the following symptoms which start before one’s cycle or with the onset of their period: Painful menstrual cramping…

Endometriosis Symptoms

Endometriosis Symptoms

OVERVIEW What are the most common symptoms of endometriosis? There are many symptoms of endometriosis, but not everyone will experience all, most or even any of the symptoms. The disease can go undiagnosed for years and only present itself…

The Blossom Letter Art Gallery

The Blossom Letter Art Gallery

Each month we feature a work of endometriosis-related art in The Blossom Letter. From art professionals who’ve captured a friend’s journey to endo sisters who use art as therapy, from digital collage and photography to watercolor…

Fertility is not a dirty word

Fertility is not a dirty word

TAKE THE PLEDGE The Endometriosis Foundation of America (endofound.org) is excited to announce that we have partnered with Celmatix, a next-generation women’s health company transforming the way women and their physicians leverage genomics…

Endometriosis Video Stories

Endometriosis Video Stories

Women Share What It’s Really Like to Live with Endometriosis. Our videos share the experiences of the endometriosis community from endo warriors and partners to friends and family. Each story is unique and all stories deserve to be shared.…

A Day in the Life of an ENPOWR Project Educator: Stephanie Shares Her Experience Teaching Students about Endometriosis

A Day in the Life of an ENPOWR Project Educator: Stephanie Shares Her Experience Teaching Students about Endometriosis

Endofound.org: Today we're here with Stephanie to talk about her volunteer experience, teaching high schoolers about endometriosis. In your words, what is the EFA's ENPOWR Project? Stephanie: Well the ENPOWR Project in my words, I guess is…

Blossom Monthly Newsletter - January 2018

Blossom Monthly Newsletter - January 2018

“Endo Pain” by Ontonio Christie Acrylic on canvas   “As I sat and watched her cry, I became numb…words have lost their meaning. “I am sorry” simply doesn’t suffice. So here are my words on canvas……

Run For Endometriosis Foundation of America

Run For Endometriosis Foundation of America

Endofound participates as a charity team option in various marathon events throughout the year. Our Team Endofound runners work to raise awareness in their communities while they train for the event of their choice! All are welcome to apply,…

Endometriosis Stories -  Diana Falzone

Endometriosis Stories - Diana Falzone

Endofound.org: Today, we'll be hearing from Diana Falzone, a TV personality reporter and her experience of endometriosis. Welcome, Diana. Diana: Thank you. Endofound.org: And can you start by telling us where you're from and what you do? Diana:…

Endometriosis Stories

Endometriosis Stories

Our videos share the experiences of the endometriosis community from endo warriors and partners to friends and family. Each story is unique and all stories deserve to be shared. Once voice at a time we can create a movement that lessens…

Blossom Ball 2016

Blossom Ball 2016

8th annual Blossom Ball Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 A Gala Evening Celebrating the work of the Endometriosis Foundation of America 8th Annual Blossom Ball

What Brings You Comfort and Joy During the Holiday Season?

What Brings You Comfort and Joy During the Holiday Season?

“Oh tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy, oh tidings of comfort and joy...” We asked women around the country what brings them comfort and joy this time of year, especially when they are battling endometriosis symptoms and…

Holiday Recipe from Jessica Murnane's One Part Plant

Holiday Recipe from Jessica Murnane's One Part Plant

When you have endo, inflammatory foods are oftentimes not our friends. And during the holidays, there can be a lot of inflammatory foods. But it's all about finding balance during the holidays. So, I like to make sure I have a few dishes on…

Blossom Monthly Newsletter - December 2017

Blossom Monthly Newsletter - December 2017

"Explosion” by Rebekka S. Carpenter Collage of digital photographs   I was diagnosed with endo at 19 and have had two surgeries to try and help my pain. Having endometriosis at such a young age has been quite tough on me emotionally…

Endometriosis Treatment and Support

Endometriosis Treatment and Support

How can endometriosis be treated? While there is no definitive cure for endometriosis, there are several treatment options that have proven highly effective and have provided symptom relief for patients. These treatment options can be defined…

Robert Taylor, MD, PhD - Interview

Robert Taylor, MD, PhD - Interview

Endofound Medical Conference 2017 "Breast, Ovary and Endometriosis" October 28, 2017 - Lotte New York Palace Hotel Hormone and Cytokine Sensitivity in Endometriosis Robert Taylor, MD, PhD   Interviewer: Dr. Robert Taylor, thank you so…

Marisa Weiss, MD - Interview

Marisa Weiss, MD - Interview

Endofound Medical Conference 2017 "Breast, Ovary and Endometriosis" October 28, 2017 - Lotte New York Palace Hotel Marisa Weiss, MD Chief Medical Officer and Founder Breastcancer.org Interviewer: Dr. Marisa Weiss of BreastCancer.org. Thank…

Stephanie Bernik, MD - Interview

Stephanie Bernik, MD - Interview

Endofound Medical Conference 2017 "Breast, Ovary and Endometriosis" October 28, 2017 Lotte New York Palace Hotel Stephanie Bernik, MD Chief - Surgical Oncology of Surgery - General Surgery, Lenox Hill Hospital Interviewer: Dr. Stephanie Falcone…

Max Gomez, PhD. - Interview

Max Gomez, PhD. - Interview

Endofound Medical Conference 2017 "Breast, Ovary and Endometriosis" October 28, 2017 - Lotte New York Palace Hotel Max Gomez, PhD. Award-winning broadcast journalist, CBS News Medical Correspondent Interviewer: Dr. Max Gomez, thank you so much…

Katherine A. Burns, PhD. - Interview

Katherine A. Burns, PhD. - Interview

Endofound Medical Conference 2017 "Breast, Ovary and Endometriosis" October 28, 2017 - Lotte New York Palace Hotel Katherine A. Burns, PhD. University of Cincinnati College of Medicine   Interviewer: In your research with the grant that…

Jennifer Knudtson, MD - Interview

Jennifer Knudtson, MD - Interview

Endofound Medical Conference 2017 "Breast, Ovary and Endometriosis" October 28, 2017 - Lotte New York Palace Hotel Jennifer Knudtson, MD Assistant Professor, Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility University of Texas Health & Science…

Norbert Gleicher, MD, FACOG, FACS. - Interview

Norbert Gleicher, MD, FACOG, FACS. - Interview

Endofound Medical Conference 2017 "Breast, Ovary and Endometriosis" October 28, 2017 - Lotte New York Palace Hotel Norbert Gleicher, MD, FACOG, FACS. Center for Human Reproduction Interviewer: Well thank you so much for joining us today. Please…

Daniela Matei, MD - Interview

Daniela Matei, MD - Interview

Endofound Medical Conference 2017 "Breast, Ovary and Endometriosis" October 28, 2017 - Lotte New York Palace Hotel Daniela Matei, MD Professor, Department of Northwestern Medicine Feinberg School of Medicine   Interviewer: Okay. Today…