Ep53: You Are Not A Burden

Updated 2/2023. 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 might feel this way, why we are NOT a…

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Ep52: How Sleep Affects Our Health and Pain Levels

Updated 2/2023. We all know that sleep is important and that we should get enough sleep, but this can be hard to put into practice, especially if we have health problems that interfere with our sleep. Today, we explore why sleep is so important. We also have another episode coming up in the future on…

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Ep51: Practicing Gratitude to Help Our Mental Health

Updated 2/2023. 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 can help us…

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Ep50: Medicine’s Sex and Gender Bias. Part 4

Updated 4/2023. Part 4 – 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 the care of people assigned female at birth. Today, we wrap up everything we spoke about in the…

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Ep49: Practicing Self-Compassion After an Endo Horror Story

Updated 2/2023. 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…

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Ep48: Medicine’s Sex and Gender Bias. Part 3

Updated 4/2023. Part 3 – Why Is Pain Dismissed in People Assigned Female at Birth? In this episode, we explore the “gender” side of the sex and gender bias in medicine. We look at assumptions and stereotypes specifically related to people assigned female at birth and illness as held by the overall medical community. We…

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Ep47: The Limitations of the Endometriosis Staging System

Updated 2/2023. Many of us are familiar with the rASRM staging system, which classifies endometriosis into stage 1-4. In spite of its prevalent use, this staging system has many limitations – a major one being that it completely leaves out Extra Pelvic Endometriosis! We discuss some flaws of the rASRM, and chat about two other…

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Ep46: Medicine’s Sex and Gender Bias. Part 2

Updated 4/2023. Why Science Knows Less About the Bodies of People Assigned Female at Birth. We talk about the ‘sex bias’ and why science knows less about the bodies of people assigned female at birth. This means that less is known about disease presentations and side effects for medications for people with these bodies, as…

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Ep45: Interview: Racial Bias in Healthcare with Teniola Ongunro

Today, we collaborate with Teniola Ongunro, who hosts the excellent podcast ‘Not Defined By Endo’, to speak about racial bias in healthcare. Racial bias can be one of the most detrimental and undercutting barriers for BIPOC in getting proper diagnosis of their health problems and high quality treatment. We talk about what the racial bias…

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Ep44: Medicine’s Sex and Gender Bias – Part 1

Updated 4/2023. Part 1 – It’s Not in Your Head. Ever wonder why so many doctors dismiss the pain of people assigned female at birth or make us feel like (or outright tell us!) that our symptoms are all “in our heads”? This is part 1 of 4 in our series on the Sex and…

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