endometriosis

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Why Do We Still Think A Woman’s Pain Is ‘All In Her Head?'

Treating women like idiots has the additional consequence of making women less likely to report symptoms in general. It’s really exhausting Read...
Natalie Slaughter of SHESAID    |   11.2.18   |   SHARE
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If you’re struggling with infertility, I see you. I know what the isolation of infertility feels like.

For National Infertility Awareness Week, Let's #FlipTheScript

It’s National Infertility Awareness Week and this year’s theme is #FlipTheScript — the goal being to change the conversation about infertility. Read...
Erin Khar   |   04.23.18   |   SHARE
Families
When we use terms like ‘bad cramps,’ we normalize (and devalue) the experience of female-centric pain.

Stop Saying You Have 'Bad Cramps'

My well-meaning friends would share how their ‘bad cramps’ were cured with birth control or yoga, and I’d feel like the failure with a low tolerance Read...
Patia Braithwaite    |   12.2.16   |   SHARE
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With almost a decade of various kinds of activism under my belt, I am more than familiar with the important work that Planned Parenthood does.

I Visited Planned Parenthood For The First Time At Age 29

It had never occurred to me to visit [a Planned Parenthood].... And yet, in a culture where the rights and healthcare needs of people assigned female Read...
Denarii Monroe    |   06.30.16   |   SHARE
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At the time, no one could tell me why I was suddenly visiting the ER on a monthly basis. Image: Thinkstock

Having A Rough Childhood Can Affect Your Health As An Adult

Prescribe, refer, repeat — that was the drill for several years. It wasn’t until I started to explore the impact of childhood adversity that I saw Read...
Diana-Ashley Krach    |   06.28.16   |   SHARE
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There are so many of us who look at blood-drenched underwear and see nothing but hurt. Image: Thinkstock.

A Love Letter To Those Whose Periods Make Them Cry

[CN: pregnancy, miscarriage] Plenty of period-positive activists point out that the beauty of menstrual blood is that it’s the only blood that doesn’ Read...
Sian Ferguson    |   05.27.16   |   SHARE
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There was a sisterhood of women dealing with infertility and reaching out to each other for support, and I found myself thrust into it at a time when I needed that sisterhood the most.

My Infertility Struggle Opened Me Up To A Sisterhood I Never Knew Existed

When I was first diagnosed with Stage IV endometriosis and told that my fertility had become a now or never proposition, I didn’t know anyone else Read...
Leah Campbell of Babble    |   03.16.16   |   SHARE
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We need to take the disease more seriously.

Women Aren’t Responsible For Endometriosis — Nor Should They Be Expected To Cure Themselves

Endometriosis is typified by a high degree of uncertainty, making even a basic summary difficult. This latest incident is further proof it’s a Read...
Kate Seear of The Conversation    |   03.3.16   |   SHARE
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