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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.

Dr. Karli Goldstein Talks Diagnosing Endometriosis with Cosmopolitan

Dr. Karli Goldstein Talks Diagnosing Endometriosis with Cosmopolitan

EndoFound Medical Director Dr. Karli Goldstein knows endometriosis inside and out—and in a brand-new interview, she shares her top tips for making sure your gynecologist understands when your period pain isn't normal. Dr. Goldstein…

Endometriosis Foundation of America Completes National Search,  Appoints Christian Wistehuff Chief Operating Officer

Endometriosis Foundation of America Completes National Search, Appoints Christian Wistehuff Chief Operating Officer

Internationally Distinguished Non-Profit Executive and Women’s Rights AdvocateTakes Helm on Eve of Organization’s 10th Anniversary New York, NY, December 11, 2018 – Endometriosis Foundation of America (EndoFound), one of the…

I Ran Away From my Chronic Illnesses—Until My Legs Gave Out

I Ran Away From my Chronic Illnesses—Until My Legs Gave Out

By Leah Shirton Throughout my 20s and early 30s, I lived life loudly. I traveled, worked in bars and restaurants, owned my own business, moved to an island (and back) and basically did whatever I wanted to do, whenever I wanted to do it. Very…

Holiday Cheer!<br />EndoFound's 2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar is Here!

Holiday Cheer!
EndoFound's 2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar is Here!

Shop one, shop all! Our 2nd Annual Holiday Bazaar is finally here, and we've got all your guilt-free gifting covered! At least 5 percent of all proceeds will benefit The Endometriosis Foundation of America, so get your online shopping on below…

Team EndoFound Women <br> To Run TCS New York City Marathon

Team EndoFound Women
To Run TCS New York City Marathon

Above, Team EndoFound runners Chiara Amendola (at left) and Kelly Kasprzyk plan to show endometriosos who's boss at Sunday's TCS NYC Marathon.    Endometriosis can eat their dust! On Sunday, Nov. 4, two determined endo warriors…

The Endometriosis Foundation of America Joins Discussion About Women's Health Issues at UN Event

The Endometriosis Foundation of America Joins Discussion About Women's Health Issues at UN Event

On Friday, October 26, and on behalf of The Endometriosis Foundation of America, Founder Dr. Tamer Seckin will join a panel of women's reproductive health-thought leaders and activists as part of the United Nations Population Fund Agency (UNFPA)'s…

Endometriosis Congress and Meetings

Endometriosis Congress and Meetings

Eager to learn even more about endometriosis? Here's a schedule of upcoming endo-related conferences, meeting and events around the globe! If you like to add a conference or an event, please click here to contact us. 

Blossom Monthly Newsletter - October 2018

Blossom Monthly Newsletter - October 2018

Rachel E. Heberling  Easton, PA  "Ivy" Original Hand-Pulled Print, Photopolymer Intaglio, 2017   Ivy is known to be destructive, just like the wayward growths of endometriosis; nonetheless, the flower in Rachel Heberling's piece…

Blossom Monthly Newsletter - September 2018

Blossom Monthly Newsletter - September 2018

Nicole Middleton  Chicago, IL  "Hold On" Watercolor, Mixed Media 2017   When artist and endo warrior Nicole Middleton submitted her artwork, she reminded us to display it, "with the toes are facing up towards the sky." There's…

Endometriosis Research Awards 2018

Endometriosis Research Awards 2018

HELP US FIND OUT MORE ABOUT ENDOMETRIOSIS Give back by helping us fund endometriosis research today!  DONATE TO RESEARCH ABOUT OUR RESEARCH The Endometriosis Foundation of America is committed to funding landmark endometriosis research.We…

Veronica Beard is Donating $10 to EndoFound From Every Sale Throughout September!

Veronica Beard is Donating $10 to EndoFound From Every Sale Throughout September!

Padma Lakshmi would like to remind women everywhere that the fiercest fashion statement they can make this season is speaking up about their health— especially when it comes to endometriosis.  The author, model, actress, and TV host…

Run, Rock, and Roll With The Endometriosis Foundation of America!

Run, Rock, and Roll With The Endometriosis Foundation of America!

The Endometriosis Foundation of America (EndoFound) is excited to announce that we are an official charity team with select 2018-2019 Rock ‘n’ Roll race events! Rock 'n' Roll holds 5Ks, 10Ks, half, and full marathons in different…

Innovative approach to quantify exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals in relation to endometriosis risk and staging: adipose to serum ratio

Innovative approach to quantify exposure to endocrine disrupting chemicals in relation to endometriosis risk and staging: adipose to serum ratio

Principal Investigator: Anna Z. Pollack, Assistant Professor, Department of Global and Community Health, College of Health and Human Services, George Mason University Key Personnel Germaine M. Buck Louis, PhD, MS Summary Project Narrative Evidence…

The role of the estrogen-regulated gene GREB1 in endometriosis

The role of the estrogen-regulated gene GREB1 in endometriosis

Principal Investigator: Anna Z. Pollack, PhD, MPH Key Personnel Germaine M. Buck Louis, PhD Andrea Carmichael, BS

A single cell discovery project to compare mouse models of endometriosis and shed light on different theories for the etiology of endometriosis

A single cell discovery project to compare mouse models of endometriosis and shed light on different theories for the etiology of endometriosis

Principal Investigator: Dr. Erin Greaves, MRC Career Development Research Fellow MRC Centre for Reproductive Health University Of EdinburghQueen’s Medical Research Institute    

Exploring the effect of DEHP on endometriosis and and the immune system in a mouse model of endometriosis

Exploring the effect of DEHP on endometriosis and and the immune system in a mouse model of endometriosis

Principal Investigator:   Katherine A. Burns, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Department of Environmental Health University of Cincinnati College of Medicine   Kettering Lab Complex   Key Personnel Rebecca Jones Summary What is DEHP?…

Estrogen Receptors α and β influence attachment of endometrial cells to peritoneal mesothelial cells

Estrogen Receptors α and β influence attachment of endometrial cells to peritoneal mesothelial cells

Principal Investigator: Jennifer Knudtson, MD Previous Award Period: March 1, 2017- February 28, 2018 Key Personnel Fellow: Jessica McLaughlin, MDResearch assistants: Marlen Tellez Santos, Peter Binkley Summary In the past year, we have found…

Utilizing the microbiome to diagnose endometriosis (renewal grant)

Utilizing the microbiome to diagnose endometriosis (renewal grant)

Principal Investigator: Dr. Erin Greaves, Principal Investigator and MRC Career Development Award Fellow MRC Centre for Reproductive Health Queens Medical Research Institute Key Personnel Dr. Ashley Dorning, Ph.D Dr. Chloe Hogg Summary The…

Gene mutation pattern in endometriosis & its relations with non-neoplastic endometrium and adenomyosis

Gene mutation pattern in endometriosis & its relations with non-neoplastic endometrium and adenomyosis

Principal Investigator: Dr. Ayse AYHAN, MD, PhD. (Hamamatsu Univ, Hiroshima Univ and JH Univ Sch.Med) Key Personnel Dr.Ie-Ming SHIH, MD, Ph.D. Dr. Tian-Li WANG, Molecular Genetics Laboratory of Female Reproductive Cancer Johns Hopkins…

Endometriosis and Cardiometabolic Health Across the Life Course

Endometriosis and Cardiometabolic Health Across the Life Course

Principal Investigator: Dr. Leslie V. Farland, ScD Key Personnel Stacey A. Missmer, ScD, Co-Investigator Summary Endometriosis is a painful and debilitating gynecologic condition defined by the presence of endometrial-like tissue outside the…

Pesticide Residue intake from fruit and vegetable consumption and risk of laparoscopically-confirmed endometriosis

Pesticide Residue intake from fruit and vegetable consumption and risk of laparoscopically-confirmed endometriosis

Principal Investigator: Dr. Holly R. Harris, ScD, MPH Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Key Personnel David Doody, MS in Epidemiology, Statistician. Stacey A. Missmer, ScD, Collaborator. Jorge E. Chavarro, M.D., Sc.D. Collaborator.  …

Endometriosis/endometrioma, Inflammation, Environment, and Progression to Cancer

Endometriosis/endometrioma, Inflammation, Environment, and Progression to Cancer

Principal Investigator: Dr. YuYu, Ph.D. Senior Research Fellow, Curtin University Australia Key Personnel Dr. Ayse Ayhan, MD.PhD. (Hamamatsu Univ, Hiroshima Univ and JH Univ Sch. Med) Dr. Yohan Suryo Rahmanto, Ph.D. Johns Hopkins Univ Sch Medicine…

Help Us Celebrate: EndoFound’s ENPOWR Project Turns 5!

Help Us Celebrate: EndoFound’s ENPOWR Project Turns 5!

This fall, The Endometriosis Foundation of America's ENPOWR Program will mark its 5th birthday with a very special fundraiser. The goal? Raise $50,000 from our supporters, with all proceeds going towards the creation of a video version of our…

Blossom Monthly Newsletter - August 2018

Blossom Monthly Newsletter - August 2018

Ebony N. Johnson  Baltimore, MD "Endo In Wildflowers" Photography, 2018 Artist and Bodypainter: Lauresepaintz   "Wildflowers grow everywhere, and there are so many of us endo women, you just never know when you'll meet one," Ebony…

Stand with EndoFound

Stand with EndoFound

Ready to bring endometriosis awareness to your hometown? Throw your own event with EndoFound! The Endometriosis Foundation of America has teamed up with Everyday Hero to create a fully customized fundraising and events platform for our supporters…

Blossom Monthly Newsletter - July 2018

Blossom Monthly Newsletter - July 2018

Laura Casey Rumford, ME "Mom's Hike" Photography, 2017   "In October of 2016, I found out that I had Stage IV Endometriosis and I underwent a radical hysterectomy less than two weeks later. Two months later, my mom died. My pain therapy…

Sign The #LetsTalkPeriod Petition

Sign The #LetsTalkPeriod Petition

UPDATE: Although the New York State Legislative Session ended on June 20, you can still sign the #LetsTalkPeriod petition and let lawmakers know that endometriosis should be a necessary part of education in New York state.  Sign This…

From Code to Cure: Phendo App Creator Noemie Elhadad

From Code to Cure: Phendo App Creator Noemie Elhadad

This story originally appeared in Columbia Magazine A woman who complains to her doctor about extreme menstrual pain is likely to be told, It’s a normal part of being a woman, so tough it out. And yet, too often, the pain is…

Blossom Monthly Newsletter - May 2018

Blossom Monthly Newsletter - May 2018

Hunter Cole  Chicago, IL “Endometriosis Almost Killed Me" Mixed Media, 2015   What does endometriosis pain look like? Artist Hunter Cole shows us the answer with her unforgettable artwork. The vivid piece "combines photographs…

Endometriosis Stages: <br />Understanding the Different Stages of Endometriosis

Endometriosis Stages:
Understanding the Different Stages of Endometriosis

What are the different stages of endometriosis? Endometriosis can be classified into four stages. The American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) bases these stages on the lesions themselves, particularly the number of endometrial implants…

Other Proposed Causes for Endometriosis

Other Proposed Causes for Endometriosis

Are there additional believed causes of endometriosis? As there is still so much more knowledge and research needed to be done before endometriosis can fully be understood, scientists have put forth a number of theories explaining its believed…

Mulleriosis & Embryonic Origin

Mulleriosis & Embryonic Origin

What is Mulleriosis? The theory of mulleriosis proposes that the cause of endometriosis lies in developmental abnormalities in the female reproductive system. It proposes that endometriosis occurs due to abnormal differentiation or migration…

Genetics of Endometriosis

Genetics of Endometriosis

What is the role of genetics in endometriosis? Whether it is believed to be the sole component or a contributing factor, many scientists agree that there is a genetic component to the cause of endometriosis. Studies have attempted to define…

Stem Cell Theory of Endometriosis

Stem Cell Theory of Endometriosis

What are stem cells? Stem cells are a highly discussed topic in the scientific community. They can be thought of as cells that have yet to be assigned a specific function and type. They are undifferentiated cells that have the capability to…

Sampson’s Theory of Retrograde Menstruation

Sampson’s Theory of Retrograde Menstruation

What is Sampson's theory of retrograde menstruation? There are many hypotheses examining the origins of endometriosis, but perhaps the oldest is Sampson’s theory of retrograde menstruation. This term is defined as the backward flow of…

Medical Conference - Harry Reich

Medical Conference - Harry Reich

Endometriosis Foundation America:   Medical Conference – 2010I have the privilege of introducing Dr. Harry Reich, who is well known to anyone who has studied endometriosis or has been involved in laparoscopic surgery. He is…

Endometriosis...In The Lung? EndoFound Co-Founder Dr. Tamer Seckin's Latest Case is a Must-Read

Endometriosis...In The Lung? EndoFound Co-Founder Dr. Tamer Seckin's Latest Case is a Must-Read

What happens when a perfectly healthy woman suffers multiple episodes of pneumothorax, or, lung collapse? A medical mystery quickly unravels and leading endometriosis excision specialist and EndoFound Co-Founder Dr. Tamer Seckin is called in…

Blossom Monthly Newsletter - April 2018

Blossom Monthly Newsletter - April 2018

Lisa Fazio  Mineola, NY  “The Warrior Within"   Lisa Fazio sent in this breathtaking rendition of this fun photoshoot. What does Fazio want women to think of when they see her artwork? "To be brave. To be courageous and…

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Tamer Seckin, M.D.

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Tamer Seckin, M.D.

PATIENT AWARENESS DAY 2018: LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE WITH ENDO Sunday, March 18, 2018, (8am-5pm) Einhorn Auditorium (131 E76th st)  at Lenox Hill Hospital, NYC Tamer Seckin, M.D. Where are we now with endometriosis? - Oh my God, what…

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Abby Norman

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Abby Norman

PATIENT AWARENESS DAY 2018: LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE WITH ENDO Sunday, March 18, 2018, (8am-5pm) Einhorn Auditorium (131 E76th st)  at Lenox Hill Hospital, NYC A “Hystery” of Endometriosis through Review of Historical…

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Seth Berger, M.D./M.B.A

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Seth Berger, M.D./M.B.A

PATIENT AWARENESS DAY 2018: LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE WITH ENDO Sunday, March 18, 2018, (8am-5pm) Einhorn Auditorium (131 E76th st)  at Lenox Hill Hospital, NYC Endometriosis through a Biopsychosocial Lens Seth Berger, M.D./M.B.A…

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Arnold Wilson, Ph.D.

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Arnold Wilson, Ph.D.

PATIENT AWARENESS DAY 2018: LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE WITH ENDO Sunday, March 18, 2018, (8am-5pm) Einhorn Auditorium (131 E76th st)  at Lenox Hill Hospital, NYC Panic and Endometrial Pain Syndrome Arnold Wilson, Ph.D. - Thank you…

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Carli Blau, LMSW, MEd., MA., Ph.D. Candidate

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Carli Blau, LMSW, MEd., MA., Ph.D. Candidate

PATIENT AWARENESS DAY 2018: LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE WITH ENDO Sunday, March 18, 2018, (8am-5pm) Einhorn Auditorium (131 E76th st)  at Lenox Hill Hospital, NYC Endometriosis and Sexual Functioning Carli Blau, LMSW, MEd., MA., Ph.D.…

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Meghan Cleary

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Meghan Cleary

PATIENT AWARENESS DAY 2018: LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE WITH ENDO Sunday, March 18, 2018, (8am-5pm) Einhorn Auditorium (131 E76th st)  at Lenox Hill Hospital, NYC How Clinical Gender Bias Prevents Diagnosis and Treatment Meghan Cleary…

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Harry Reich, M.D.

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Harry Reich, M.D.

PATIENT AWARENESS DAY 2018:  LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE WITH ENDO Sunday, March 18, 2018, (8am-5pm) Einhorn Auditorium (131 E76th st)  at Lenox Hill Hospital, NYC Why and how can ACOG help? From a Historical Perspective to the Future…

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Courtney Harris

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Courtney Harris

PATIENT AWARENESS DAY 2018:  LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE WITH ENDO Sunday, March 18, 2018, (8am-5pm) Einhorn Auditorium (131 E76th st)  at Lenox Hill Hospital, NYC How do adolescent girls and boys perceive symptoms suggestive of endometriosis…

ENPOWR Award Recipient: Stephanie Satchell Morris

ENPOWR Award Recipient: Stephanie Satchell Morris

PATIENT AWARENESS DAY 2018:  LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE WITH ENDO Sunday, March 18, 2018, (8am-5pm) Einhorn Auditorium (131 E76th st)  at Lenox Hill Hospital, NYC Award Recipient: Stephanie Satchell Morris   - Thank you all for…

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Jessica Murnane

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Jessica Murnane

PATIENT AWARENESS DAY 2018:  LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE WITH ENDO Sunday, March 18, 2018, (8am-5pm) Einhorn Auditorium (131 E76th st)  at Lenox Hill Hospital, NYC Eating for Endometriosis Jessica Murnane - Hi. So I want to say that…

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Tomer Singer, M.D.

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Tomer Singer, M.D.

PATIENT AWARENESS DAY 2018:  LIVING YOUR BEST LIFE WITH ENDO Sunday, March 18, 2018, (8am-5pm) Einhorn Auditorium (131 E76th st)  at Lenox Hill Hospital, NYC Fertility workup and preservation in patients struggling with endometriosis …