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Sheena Foster is a veteran journalist with 17-years of experience in broadcast, publishing and digital media. She herself was diagnosed with endometriosis and underwent excision surgery. She credits this with giving her a new lease on life.

She comes to EndoFound to help bring awareness to the foundation’s efforts to lift the stigma of the disease suffered by 176 million women worldwide and restore them to good reproductive health.

Join EndoFound and EverydayHealth for a Tweetchat on February 25th at 4pm EST

Join EndoFound and EverydayHealth for a Tweetchat on February 25th at 4pm EST

Endo Influencers Have Started a Movement on Social Media Over the past year, I interviewed 14 women living with endometriosis, who courageously share the ups and downs of their diagnoses on Instagram. I was shocked to find that the majority…

EndoFound Funded Research by Dr. Ayse Ayhan Receives CHWRF’s Top Designation

EndoFound Funded Research by Dr. Ayse Ayhan Receives CHWRF’s Top Designation

A paper published in the New England Journal of Medicine Receives Most Impactful Paper of 2017 Award A research project partially funded by the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EndoFound) and conducted by Ayşe Ayhan, MD, Ph.D.,…

The Endometriosis Foundation of America Visits Capitol Hill

The Endometriosis Foundation of America Visits Capitol Hill

On November 14, Endometriosis Foundation of America Founder Dr. Tamer Seckin journeyed to Capitol Hill to help spread endometriosis awareness and to brief congressional leaders on the latest health crisis facing women in the United…

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…

Endometriosis Will Take Centerstage at Prestigious MIT Event

Endometriosis Will Take Centerstage at Prestigious MIT Event

On Friday, Sept. 28 a hand-picked selection of 20 gynecologists, scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs will converge on the campus of Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where they will each make a presentation at the Fourth Annual Open…

EndoFound Research Grants

EndoFound Research Grants

 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…

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…

Former Fox News Reporter Diana Falzone Welcomes Baby Boy

Former Fox News Reporter Diana Falzone Welcomes Baby Boy

Oh, boy! Former Fox News reporter Diana Falzone is in the midst of sweet maternal bliss after welcoming baby boy Alexander Robert Painter on August 5. "It's surreal to hold Alexander," Falzone, 35, tells The Blossom. "To have him in my…

Gabrielle Union's Infertility Heartbreak:

Gabrielle Union's Infertility Heartbreak: "I Have Adenomyosis"

credit: Mark Von Holden for SheKnows   Actress Gabrielle Union got candid about her reproductive health struggles at the #BlogHer2018 Creators Summit conference in NYC on Aug. 8. The We're Going To Need More Wine author, 45, who has…

After 22 Hours of Endometriosis Surgery, She Hopes for a Pain-Free Life

After 22 Hours of Endometriosis Surgery, She Hopes for a Pain-Free Life

If she ever wrote one, Winnie Chan knows what the title of her memoir should be. “I would call my story From Graduation Gown to Hospital Gown,” says Chan. That’s fitting.The 30-year-old endometriosis sufferer and…

Ready To Grill and Chill? <br> Try These Endometriosis-Friendly BBQ Recipes!

Ready To Grill and Chill?
Try These Endometriosis-Friendly BBQ Recipes!

Independence Day is upon us, and that means grillmasters (and grillmistresses!) across America will be firing up the barbie in honor of America's birthday. You know the typical menu: cheeseburgers with the melty-est cheeses; hot dogs and Shish…

The #LetsTalkPeriod Bill Didn't Pass, But The Push Continues for 2019!

The #LetsTalkPeriod Bill Didn't Pass, But The Push Continues for 2019!

The push for #LetsTalkPeriod will continue into 2019. Although over 7,600 petitioners rallied their support behind The Endometriosis Foundation of America's #LetsTalkPeriod campaign via a Change.org petition, Bill A. 10763 didn't pass…

Why Everyone Needs To Support #LetsTalkPeriod

Why Everyone Needs To Support #LetsTalkPeriod

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…

Three Women Share Harrowing Tales <br> of Lung Collapse Due To Endometriosis

Three Women Share Harrowing Tales
of Lung Collapse Due To Endometriosis

Would you recognize the signs if your lung suddenly collapsed? That frightening scenario, known as spontaneous pneumothorax, can be a severe symptom of thoracic endometriosis —literally endometriosis that has snaked north of the pelvis,…

An EndoWarrior and Nutritionist Shares <br> Her Favorite Brunch Recipies

An EndoWarrior and Nutritionist Shares
Her Favorite Brunch Recipies

Eating yummy foods that will help you steer clear of a nasty flare-up can seem oxymoronic when you have endometriosis. But Khush Sra, a Toronto-based registered holistic nutritionist, and endo warrior says it doesn't have to be that way. Sra…

Tia Mowry: I'll Discuss Endometriosis With My Daughter

Tia Mowry: I'll Discuss Endometriosis With My Daughter

Update: After this story was published on May 3, Tia Mowry and her husband Cory Hardrict welcomed a baby girl on May 5. "Feeling grateful and blessed as we welcome our little baby girl into the world," she Instagrammed. 'We are in heaven."…

Endometriosis and IVF: Genetic Testing <br>Can Save Time, Money and Heartache

Endometriosis and IVF: Genetic Testing
Can Save Time, Money and Heartache

Women who have endometriosis can increase their chances at conceiving with in vitro fertilization (IVF). But the process can be bank-breaking with an average IVF round costing between $10,000-$15,000.  Which is why Dr. Mark Surrey, co-founder…

Singer Halsey Won't Let Endometriosis Stop Her Family Plans:

Singer Halsey Won't Let Endometriosis Stop Her Family Plans: "I'm Going To Freeze My Eggs:"

Outspoken endometriosis advocate and singer Halsey is on a mission to one day become a mother—and she recently revealed she plans to start that journey at any moment thanks to modern-day medicine. "I’m 23 years old, and I’m…

 After Four Lung Collapses, Finally an Endometriosis Diagnosis

After Four Lung Collapses, Finally an Endometriosis Diagnosis

She couldn’t breathe. It was 2014, and the uncomfortable stickiness of summer had roused her from an afternoon nap.“I woke up, and my chest was feeling a bit heavy,” says Latia Lee, 38. “I felt a little short of breath.”She…

Watch: Padma Lakshmi's Empowering Endometriosis Awareness Speech

Watch: Padma Lakshmi's Empowering Endometriosis Awareness Speech

This story originally appeared on Variety.com  When Padma Lakshmi was finally diagnosed and treated for endometriosis she was relieved, “but then I got angry” she said from the Variety Power of Women stage.…

Here's What You Need to Know About <br> the #WeMatterACOG Protest <br/>

Here's What You Need to Know About
the #WeMatterACOG Protest

Credit: EndoWhat? Update, at 3:05 p.m. EST: After publication, ACOG CEO and Executive Vice President Hal Lawrence, MD issued a statement to The Blossom through a spokeswoman:  “ACOG is aware of the sensitivities and concerns…

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…

Julianne Hough Won’t Let Endometriosis Stop Her From Having a Family With Brooks Laich: “We’ve Discussed Options”

Julianne Hough Won’t Let Endometriosis Stop Her From Having a Family With Brooks Laich: “We’ve Discussed Options”

credit:Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic It’s been a decade since Julianne Hough first bravely revealed she has endometriosis. To date, Hough has endured two surgeries to treat the disease, and despite its unpredictable ups and downs, she hasn’t…

"I Am 1 in 10" : Padma Lakshmi, Lena Dunham and Their Endometriosis Sisters Demand Early Diagnosis in Inspiring Video

Padma Lakshmi and Lena Dunham joined other women with endometriosis in filming a powerful call to action that debuted at the Ninth Annual Blossom ball this week. The video portrays the many faces of endometriosis, reminding us all that this…

A Gala for Women's Health and Empowerment: Inside the 2018 Blossom Ball

A Gala for Women's Health and Empowerment: Inside the 2018 Blossom Ball

Over 400 guests descended on Cipriani 42nd Street in NYC on March 19th in celebration of The Endometriosis Foundation of America’s 9th Annual Blossom Ball 2018. The evening highlighted the struggles women with endometriosis face today,…

Halsey Tells The Blossom: Padma Lakshmi Taught Me My Endometriosis Tips and Tricks

Halsey Tells The Blossom: Padma Lakshmi Taught Me My Endometriosis Tips and Tricks

Halsey has found her modern-day fairy godmother. The singer reveals that she and EndoFound Co-Founder Padma Lakshmi recently bonded over their shared experiences with having endometriosis, a chronic reproductive disease that affects at least…

EndoFound Co-Founder Dr. Tamer Seckin: We Are in the Midst of an Endometriosis Revolution

EndoFound Co-Founder Dr. Tamer Seckin: We Are in the Midst of an Endometriosis Revolution

The revolution will be televised! Ten years ago, Dr. Tamer Seckin and Padma Lakshmi joined forces to found The Endometriosis Foundation of America. Back then, endometriosis was hardly a headline, and the Blossom Ball galas were still…

Endometriosis By The Numbers: <br />Why Awareness and Funding is So Vital

Endometriosis By The Numbers:
Why Awareness and Funding is So Vital

What do you get when you pair a disease of epidemic proportions like endometriosis with a severe lack of insurance coverage? A very clear picture of how women are hurting and how the socio-political and economic gaps in healthcare aren’t…

Make This Yummy Recipe from One Part Plant Author Jessica Murnane

Make This Yummy Recipe from One Part Plant Author Jessica Murnane

One Part Plant author Jessica Murnane admits she didn't become a plant-based foodie and cookbook author overnight. "I was a latch-key kid," she tells The Blossom, "and I definitely remember my very first culinary creation was I took a tub of…

How Celmatix's CEO Almost Gave Birth in an Uber, and Her Plans to Help Endo Women Everywhere

How Celmatix's CEO Almost Gave Birth in an Uber, and Her Plans to Help Endo Women Everywhere

It seems as though Dr. Piraye Yurttas Beim has an "S" on her chest. Not only is she a mom of three—two boys, and a girl, aged 5, 3, and 1 respectively—she's the CEO of Celmatix, a 100-employee reproductive health company that recently…

EndoFound Press Releases

EndoFound Press Releases

Endometriosis Foundation of America Press Releases

Former Fox News Reporter Diana Falzone Settles Her Endometriosis-based Discrimination Lawsuit

Former Fox News Reporter Diana Falzone Settles Her Endometriosis-based Discrimination Lawsuit

It's the end of an era for Diana Falzone. On Thursday, news broke that the longtime Fox News personality, 35, had officially settled her discrimination suit against the network and that she had left the company. Despite filing the suit…

Think You May Have Endometriosis? Signs and Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore

Think You May Have Endometriosis? Signs and Symptoms You Shouldn't Ignore

If left undiagnosed and untreated, endometriosis is a disease that can slowly and steadily wreak havoc on a woman’s reproductive system, overall health, and livelihood. But it doesn’t have to if caught early enough. Dr. Melanie…

Diana Falzone's Pregnancy Surprise After Two Endometriosis Surgeries:

Diana Falzone's Pregnancy Surprise After Two Endometriosis Surgeries: "Every Night I Prayed for my Baby"

Reporter Diana Falzone has a bun in the oven! Falzone, 35, reveals that she is four months pregnant with a boy. "Every night I prayed for this child and to now see him on sonograms is a miracle," Falzone tells The Blossom exclusively. It's…

NBA Star Ryan Anderson's Wife Kari Klinkenborg Anderson Reveals She Has Endometriosis: Every Period,

NBA Star Ryan Anderson's Wife Kari Klinkenborg Anderson Reveals She Has Endometriosis: Every Period, "I Felt Like I Was Giving Birth"

Kari Klinkenborg Anderson has a life many could only dream of. The stunning 6-foot-tall former model and actress recently wed Houston Rockets forward Ryan Anderson, and he whisked her away on a two-part honeymoon to Bora Bora and New Zealand.…

Halsey to Receive Blossom Award at <br />EndoFound's 2018 Blossom Ball

Halsey to Receive Blossom Award at
EndoFound's 2018 Blossom Ball

The Endometriosis Foundation of America has named singer Halsey as its 2018 Blossom Award recipient. The 23-year-old singer has not only proven herself as a hitmaker but as a fearless endometriosis advocate whose contributions to endometriosis…

Lena Discusses Her Most Painful Choice

Lena Discusses Her Most Painful Choice

Actress Lena Dunham says that in recent months she underwent a total hysterectomy in an attempt to finally end her years-long battle with chronic pain stemming from endometriosis. A total hysterectomy involves the surgical removal of a woman’s…

Pelvic Pain Getting on Your (Literal) Nerves? <br />This Doc Can Relate, and She’s Dedicated Her Practice to Healing Others

Pelvic Pain Getting on Your (Literal) Nerves?
This Doc Can Relate, and She’s Dedicated Her Practice to Healing Others

  As many endometriosis sufferers know, complaints to doctors about chronic pelvic pain often fall on deaf ears. But mention that to Dr. Allyson Shrikhande, and she springs into action. Treating endo-based pelvic pain, “is really…

Letter From the Editor: <br />Meet EndoFound’s New Digital Editorial Director

Letter From the Editor:
Meet EndoFound’s New Digital Editorial Director

Photo credit: Fernanda Calfat January 20, 2017, was an unforgettable day. Not only was our 45th president sworn into office, but I would also learn a new word. “It looks like there’s a bit of endometriosis here.” I peered…

Endo Warrior One: An EndoFound Fundraiser

Endo Warrior One: An EndoFound Fundraiser

The Endometriosis Foundation of America hosted its first yoga fundraiser on Sunday, October 8th, 2017. Aptly titled, “Endo Warrior One,” the event was held at Reflections Yoga Studio in the Gramercy neighborhood of Manhattan. Patients,…

EndoFound Research Grants - Serin Seckin, MD

EndoFound Research Grants - Serin Seckin, MD

Endofound Medical Conference 2017 "Breast, Ovary and Endometriosis"October 28, 2017 - Lotte New York Palace Hotel Endofound Research Grants Serin Seckin, MDResident Physician at Mount Sinai Health System   Hello, everybody. This will be…

Medical Experts Ponder Link Between Endometriosis, Ovarian and Breast Cancers at EndoFound Conference

Medical Experts Ponder Link Between Endometriosis, Ovarian and Breast Cancers at EndoFound Conference

NEW YORK CITY—On October 28, endometriosis specialist and surgeon Dr. Tamer Seckin gathered 19 doctors, medical experts and researchers in a conference room at Lotte New York Palace Hotel to discuss endometriosis and its potential links…

Q&A with EndoFound Volunteer Chris Larmoyeux

Q&A with EndoFound Volunteer Chris Larmoyeux

How long have you been running marathons? This is my first (and hopefully not last!) marathon What is the most fun part of training? What is the most difficult? During my training runs, I have been able to discover new areas within NYC that…

Lena Dunham, Dr.Oz Honor Endometriosis Doctor Tamer Seckin at NYC Gala

Lena Dunham, Dr.Oz Honor Endometriosis Doctor Tamer Seckin at NYC Gala

NEW YORK CITY—On May 31, the American Turkish Society awarded Dr. Tamer Seckin for his accomplishments in surgically treating endometriosis and for raising awareness about the disease through The Endometriosis Foundation of America, an…

EndoFound Research Partnerships

EndoFound Research Partnerships

The ROSE Study: Defining the Genetic Components of Endometriosis EndoFound supports the Research OutSmarts Endometriosis (ROSE) Study at Northwell's Feinstein Institute for Medical Research. ROSE seeks to identify genetic markers associated…

Q&A with EndoFound volunteer and fundraiser Aleshia Carlsen-Bryan

Q&A with EndoFound volunteer and fundraiser Aleshia Carlsen-Bryan

Aleshia Carlsen-Bryan reveals what it was like organizing a 5K Endofound fundraiser, and why she felt passionate about the cause! Are you interested in volunteering with the Endofound? Fill out the form here to get started! Endofound: Please…

Q&A with Team EndoFound Marathon Runner Ben Willig

Q&A with Team EndoFound Marathon Runner Ben Willig

Team Endofound marathon runner, Ben Willig, reveals what it was like to run his first NYC Marathon in support of endometriosis education      Ben, a self-employed real estate professional at Anchor Associates, has been…

Q&A with Team EndoFound Marathon Runner Daniel Gunter

Q&A with Team EndoFound Marathon Runner Daniel Gunter

Team Endofound member, Daniel Gunter, will run the 2016 TCS NYC Marathon to support his sister and create awareness for endometriosis   Daniel Gunter moved to New York City to pursue a career in acting.  After performing two shows…

Q&A with Team EndoFound Marathon Runner Sylvia English

Q&A with Team EndoFound Marathon Runner Sylvia English

Endometriosis advocate Sylvia English strives to increase awareness and education by running the 2016 TCS NYC marathon for Team Endofound   Sylvia English joined the Endofound marathon team right after her third endometriosis excision…

Q&A with Team EndoFound Marathon Runner Dr. Michael T. Breen

Q&A with Team EndoFound Marathon Runner Dr. Michael T. Breen

As a 2016 TCS NYC Marathon runner for Team EFA, Dr. Michael T. Breen is supporting his endometriosis patients while bringing to light the need for more research and treatment options!   Michael ran his first marathon in Medical School…