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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.

Sign The #LetsTalkPeriod Petition

Sign The #LetsTalkPeriod Petition

Sign This Petition You DON'T have to be a current resident of New York State to lend your voice to the #LetsTalkPeriod campaign. A groundbreaking proposed bill (S. 8543/A. 10763), that would make endometriosis and menstrual health a mandatory…

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 …

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Mary Sabo, L.Ac, DACM

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Mary Sabo, L.Ac, DACM

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 Enhancing Fertility with Chinese Medicine in Women with Endometriosis…

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Allyson Shrikhande, M.D.

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Allyson Shrikhande, 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 Uncovering the Black Box of Pelvic Pain: Understanding the Role of…

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Amy Stein, DPT, BCB-PMD

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Amy Stein, DPT, BCB-PMD

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 What is Pelvic Floor Physical Therapy: Self-Help Tips and A Guide to…

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Gerard DeGregoris, M.D.

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Gerard DeGregoris, 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 Spinal Interventions for Pelvic Pain Gerard DeGregoris, M.D. - Thank…

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Brandilee Coon

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Brandilee Coon

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 Endo Warrior One: Finding your inner warrior through yoga to battle…

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Juliana Ansari, Ph.D.

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Juliana Ansari, 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 DotLab: The first non-invasive test for aiding in the diagnosis of endometriosis…

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Noemie Elhadad, Ph.D.

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Noemie Elhadad, 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 The Citizen Endo Project: Phendo Update Noemie Elhadad, Ph.D. - Hi…

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Piraye Beim, Ph.D.

Patient Awareness Day 2018: Piraye Beim, 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 Approaches to diagnosing, curing, and preventing endometriosis in the…

2018 TCS New York City Marathon

2018 TCS New York City Marathon

The Endometriosis Foundation of America is proud to announceour participation in the TCS NYC 2018 Marathon Our 2018 TCS NYC team has been FILLED! We are no longer accepting applications for this race. We will be announcing new Rock 'n' Roll…

Red Carpet Interviews - Blossom Ball 2018

Red Carpet Interviews - Blossom Ball 2018

- You know it's all a matter of the tips and tricks I've picked up along the way. I've had really amazing people, like Padma, who have come to me and come back stage when I've been doing late night television shows and sat down and been like…

Blossom Ball 2018: Mara Schiavocampo

Blossom Ball 2018: Mara Schiavocampo

- Welcome everyone, and thank you for joining us for such an important evening. Tonight, we're gonna hear from so many women who are stepping out of the shadows and using their voices, raising their voices, to begin to end the stigma of endometriosis.…

Blossom Ball 2018: Tamer Seckin

Blossom Ball 2018: Tamer Seckin

- What a beautiful night, and how beautiful are you, this is history, and welcome to the ninth annual Blossom Ball. Tonight-- Tonight is a special night. It's our night. But it's also the night for the patients who are afflicted with this disease…

Blossom Ball 2018 - Padma Lakshmi Welcome

Blossom Ball 2018 - Padma Lakshmi Welcome

- Good evening. And welcome to the ninth annual Blossom Ball. I'm Padma Lakshmi, I'm a co-founder here at the Endometriosis Foundation of America, and I'm so sorry that I can't be with you all tonight. My heart is with you in this room. This…

Blossom Ball 2018 - I Am 1 in 10

Blossom Ball 2018 - I Am 1 in 10

- I am one in 10. - One in ten who wakes up everyday with pain I bear in silence. - Pain that is taboo. - Pain that can't be medicated away. - No one believed I could be in so much pain from my period. - No one told me there was something wrong.…

Blossom Ball 2018 - Jennifer Boyd

Blossom Ball 2018 - Jennifer Boyd

- It was my very first period, when I was nine, so I was very young. I'm sorry. I was on vacation with my family, we were at the beach, and I remember I came out of the ocean and my mom had just started running really fast. And she picked me…

Blossom Ball 2018 - Lena Dunham

Blossom Ball 2018 - Lena Dunham

- I was twelve, hadn't yet gotten my period. I was starting to experience some of the symptoms of puberty. I was at a state fair with my best friend, we were getting matching friendship necklaces, we were eating cotton candy and suddenly, I…

Blossom Ball 2018 - Winnie Chan

Blossom Ball 2018 - Winnie Chan

- I didn't know it was that common. I thought it was just cramps that you have every month, and you just bear with it, and don't be a crybaby, and it will get over in a couple of days and then you'll be fine again. I thought every other woman…

Blossom Ball 2018 - Padma Lakshmi 2

Blossom Ball 2018 - Padma Lakshmi 2

- Tonight we honor the amazing artist and activist Halsey. Halsey is somebody I've known for a few years now, and I've watched her grow, not only as a singer-songwriter climbing the charts with various hits, but finding her own voice for other…

Co-Chairs Subrata De & Sandra Gelbard, MD

Co-Chairs Subrata De & Sandra Gelbard, MD

Endofound Co-chairs Subrata De, Sandra Gelbard, MD blossom Ball 2018 - Hello, everyone. Wow, weren't those videos just so moving? Last night as we all watched the run of show, there was not a dry eye in the room. The last time I saw something…

Blossom Ball 2018 - Halsey

Blossom Ball 2018 - Halsey

- Well, as you guys obviously heard from Subrata De and Sandra Gelbard that I gave a speech a couple months ago at the Women's March, which means I'm the speech girl now. So I hope you weren't expecting something too eloquent because I'm winging…

Blossom Ball 2018 - Resistance Revival Chorus

Blossom Ball 2018 - Resistance Revival Chorus

Resistance Revival Chorus Fresh off their inspiring performance with Kesha at the Grammy Awards and a recent collaboration with Philip Glass and Carly Simon at Carnegie Hall, the Resistance Revival Chorus only grows louder since their first…

Mark Your Calendars and Grab a Pal! The Endo Awareness Month Events You Can Join In On!

Mark Your Calendars and Grab a Pal! The Endo Awareness Month Events You Can Join In On!

Endometriosis Awareness Month is almost over, but there are still plenty of ways to lend your voice and support to the estimated 176 million endo women worldwide with the condition. From marches to meetups, here's how you can learn more…