Episodes: Masonry

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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Ep48: Why Is Womxn’s Pain Dismissed?

In this episode, we explore the “gender” side of the sex and gender bias in medicine. This is part 3 of our series, and we look at assumptions and stereotypes specifically related to womxn and illness as held by the overall medical community. We give a brief overview of the history of hysteria, and highlight...

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Ep47: The Limitations of the Endometriosis Staging System

The most commonly used endometriosis staging system is the rASRM, which classifies endometriosis into 4 stages. 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 classification systems called...

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Ep46: Why Science Knows Less About the Female Body

This is part 2 in our series on medicine’s sex and gender bias. In this episode, we talk about the ‘sex bias’ and why science knows less about the body 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,...

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Ep45: Racial Bias in Healthcare

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: It’s Not in Your Head – Medicine’s Sex and Gender Bias. Part 1

Ever wonder why so many doctors dismiss womxn’s pain 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 Gender Bias in Medicine and how it affects womxn and people who present as womxn. In...

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