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Ep58: Endometriosis Interview with Heather Guidone, BCPA, CEC Program Director

In honor of March and Endometriosis Awareness Month, we are thrilled to speak with Heather Guidone, Board Certified Patient Advocate, and Program Director of the Center for Endometriosis Care in Atlanta, GA. Heather is responsible for the CEC’s comprehensive multidisciplinary care program, clinical research facilitation, disease education and legislative/public policy endeavors to promote better care…

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Ep57: Endometriosis is NOT the Endometrium. Part 2

In part 2, we talk about how endometriosis is different from the endometrium in terms of its estrogen and progesterone receptors. These directly affect the biological processes of the endometriotic tissue, causing it to act differently than the endometrium does in response to estrogen and progesterone, ultimately leading to… you guessed it! Pain and inflammation!…

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Ep56: Endometriosis is NOT the Endometrium. Part 1

Endometriosis is tissue that is SIMILAR to the endometrium (uterine lining) but it is NOT the endometrium. Yet many websites, medical bodies, well-meaning advocates, and even misinformed doctors continue to get the definition of endo incorrect. Is it really such a big deal to know that endo is NOT the endometrium? Yes, because the two…

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Ep55: Endometriosis and Estrogen

What role does estrogen play in endometriosis? How does endo make its own estrogen? Can endo still progress and/or cause pain when a person is in medical menopause? Do people with endo have estrogen dominance? Why does the body need estrogen? What factors should we consider if thinking about taking estrogen HRT? We answer all…

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Ep54: Do You Hate Your ‘Endo Diet’?

Many of us follow some kind of special way of eating to help reduce our pain, fatigue, or flares. This could be the endo diet, the Paleo diet, an anti-inflammatory diet, the AIP, gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, or any other diet. It often involves cutting out specific foods, and it can feel restrictive, limiting, or sad…

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Ep53: You Are Not A Burden

Many of us with chronic illness feel like a burden. We find ourselves apologizing often, feeling guilty when we ask for help, and not setting boundaries/ pushing ourselves in order to overcompensate for having endo and being a ‘burden.’ We talk about why we feel this way, why we are NOT a burden, and how…

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Ep52: How Sleep Affects Our Health and Pain Levels

We all know that sleep is important and that we should get enough sleep, but this can be hard to put into practice. This is episode 1 of our 4 part sleep series to get better sleep. Today, we explore why sleep is so important. Why do we need sleep? What happens when we sleep?…

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Ep51: Practicing Gratitude

Gratitude has many benefits and can even change the way we feel about our lives, but it can be hard to practice when we are suffering and exhausted from our endometriosis symptoms and challenges. We talk about how powerful stories are and how books, movies, and connecting with each other in this community can help…

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Ep50: But Doctor, It’s Not Psychosomatic!

This is the final episode in our 4 part series on medicine’s sex and gender bias, in which we continue to focus on how this bias affects womxn’s care. Today, we wrap up everything we spoke about in the previous 3 episodes, with an emphasis on ‘medically unexplained symptoms,’ mental health referrals, and stereotypes around…

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Ep49: Practicing Self-Compassion After an Endo Horror Story

Ever had a flare that was so incredibly awful you felt like you were in an actual horror story? Amy tells us about a time when her period unexpectedly came while she was sightseeing on vacation (by herself) and her struggle to make it back to the semi-privacy of the hostel. Afterward, because she felt…

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