Endometriosis is a disorder that causes the lining of the uterus to grow outside the uterine cavity. This misplaced tissue usually stays within the pelvic region (though not always), and commonly involves the ovaries and fallopian tubes. It can lead to lower abdominal pain, scar formation, adhesions, and even infertility. It can also cause severe pain during your periods or while having sex. (On the other hand, it can also cause no pain at all—everyone is different!) Endometriosis is estimated to affect about 10% of women during their reproductive years, but the true number is unknown because many women don’t report their symptoms or seek treatment. So if you suspect something’s up, don’t grit your teeth and try to bear the pain alone. You want to seek treatment and support—especially because endometriosis has fertility implications. Talk to a practitioner you trust who will take your concerns seriously and help you get a diagnosis—and be ready to discuss your symptoms. What kind of pain are you having? Where and when does it hurt? The practitioner will do a pelvic exam (mostly to rule out other causes) and imaging tests such as ultrasound or MRI. In some cases, you may be referred to a surgeon for a procedure called a laparoscopy. It’s not as scary as it sounds! The surgeon makes a tiny incision near your belly button in order to insert the laparoscope, which is a tool that will help them see signs of endometrial tissue outside the uterus. Treatment usually includes medications (pain relievers and hormonal meds) and if that doesn’t help, surgery may be necessary. You can try simple things at home like warm baths or heating pads to help relax the pelvic muscles and reduce cramping/pain. Some women have found that natural remedies provide pain relief, including herbs, such as cinnamon twig and licorice root; supplements, such as thiamine (vitamin B1), magnesium, and omega-3s; and acupuncture. Remember, it’s fairly easy to minimize your pain when it’s related to your period or sex, so don't ignore it!
Recent posts about Endometriosis
Hi everyone👋🏽! I have had chronic stomach pain for almost 7 years and after 5 years, I finally got a symptom based diagnosis of endometriosis. I downloaded this app to find a community of people who understand the struggles of chronic pain. And I’m also open to advice on how you all deal with chronic pain and have a good life because ya girl is struggling😅. I’m excited to be apart of the community ❤️. (P.S. I love to talk about other things too like astrology, books, movies, and music)
it’s my first post. I’ve been scrolling through the page and I feel like a weight has been lifted. it feels so great to have a place to vent and know others understand what I’m going through. endometriosis sucks! depression sucks! glad to know we are all in this together!
Is this a platform that doesn’t endorse traditional medicine? So far on my home page (as well as the “treatments” options), I’ve only seen horrifically un-verified treatment approaches recommended...
Hey, I’m Katie and new here. 😊 I’m 26 and have ME/CFS, fibromyalgia, endometriosis, Sjögren’s, dysautonomia, and HEDS. My biggest struggle is by far my chronic fatigue syndrome, which I’ve been dealing with for the past 10 years. Would love to meet other people on here that can relate to any of the aforementioned. 💗
I made a list of things that I want the doctor to test me for. they are: Hormonal Imbalance Vitamin D deficiency Vitamin B-12 deficiency Thyroid (full panel) Lyme Endometriosis POTS Covid anti-body test Epstein-Barr Virus Diabetes Hypoglycemia Bacterial infection now to get the courage to keep seeing doctors in the age of COVID...
Videos about Endometriosis
How to Treat Endometriosis | Endometriosis Pain Relief Protocol | Heal Endometriosis Naturally
Natural Health Resources
Endometriosis - Overview (pathophysiology, differential diagnosis, investigations and treatment)
Books about Endometriosis
The Endometriosis Health and Diet Program: Get Your Life Back
Endometriosis can have a profound impact on a woman's quality of life, and it affects the lives of 6 to 10 percent of women worldwide. This timely book will dispel the myths surrounding endometriosis and provide scientifically based recommendations that are easy to understand and follow. It offers recommendations on treating root causes rather than just symptoms -- it's a comprehensive, integrative program for treating endometriosis and serves as a starting point for building an individualized program. The plan is deep in scope but easy to understand and follow.
The Doctor Will See You Now: Recognizing and Treating Endometriosis
Endometriosis materializes when the endometrium – the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus – sheds, but does not exit a woman’s body during her period. Instead, it grows outside of the uterus, spreading to organs and nerves in and around the pelvic region. The resulting pain is so physically and emotionally insufferable that it can mercilessly dominate a woman’s life. The average woman with endometriosis is twenty-seven years old before she is diagnosed. It is one of the top three causes of female infertility. The pain it emits can affect a woman’s career, social life, relationships, sexual activity, sleep, and diet. It is incurable, but highly treatable. Unfortunately, though, it is rarely treated in a timely manner, if at all, because of misdiagnoses and/or a lack of education among those in the medical community. This book gives hope to everyone connected to endometriosis. That includes every woman and young girl who has it, and the women and men in their lives – the mothers, fathers, husbands, children, and friends – who know something is wrong, but do not know what it is or what to do about it. This book is written at a level that everyone with ties to this disease can relate to and understand, but it is also for doctors with good intentions who lack the knowledge of how to diagnose or treat it. The Doctor Will See You Now is for women determined to let the world know their stories so that every woman with this disease – from the thirteen-year-old girl who is being told that her pain is “part of becoming a woman” to the woman who has been misdiagnosed for decades – knows she is not alone. Yes, her pain is real. No, she is not crazy. Yes, there is hope.
From Pain to Peace With Endo: Lessons Learned on the Road to Healing Endometriosis
Your body has an amazing ability to heal when given the proper nourishment. Learn about the interplay of your body's natural healing mechanisms to put in place an environment to ward off endometriosis and related conditions: Learn how to eat to decrease inflammation in your body and why healthy digestion is key. Understand the connection of your hormones and endometriosis. See why it is necessary to release toxins from your body and mind. Learn how to find peace and love for your body and that which is greater than your physical shell.
The Endo Patient S Survival Guide : A Patient S Guide to Endometriosis & Chronic Pelvic Pain
The Endo Survival Guide is the patient’s essential companion to living with and overcoming endometriosis and pelvic pain: from seeking help and getting an initial diagnosis, to navigating treatment options, and achieving optimal relief and wellness.
Podcasts about Endometriosis
The Cabral Concept: Invisalign Bacteria, Vata Food, Pregnancy & Detox, Endometriosis Pain, Type 1 Diabetes, Smoothies vs. Soup, Growling Stomach, Vestibular Migraines
Academic OB/GYN Podcast: The Endometriosis Podcast Launch
Cross Post of Episode 1 of our new project The Endometriosis Podcast! Dr Fogelson and new co-host Libby Hopton discuss new literature on endometriosis and answer question from the endometriosis patient community. Topics include endometriosis research production, BPA and endometriosis incidence, outcomes after resection of bladder endometriosis, and more!
In Sixteen Years of Endometriosis - Series
Trying to figure out how to get through the challenges of endometriosis? Let’s talk practical tips, laugh about embarrassing “did that really just happen?!” moments, and find the strength in ourselves to get through the unbearable. Amy and Brittany discuss learning to live with this difficult condition. The goal? To have a happier, healthier, and more empowered life!
Peace With Endo - Series
Peace With Endo encompasses the journey to naturally managing endometriosis through diet, lifestyle and mindful thinking. Endometriosis impacts your body, mind and spirit. (I know this all too well). All three factors need to be addressed if you're going to heal. I invite you to join the journey.
Miraculous Mamas: Endometriosis Awareness Month
The babes, Carly, Jade and Liz, talk with guests Danielle Jones OB-GYN, and endometriosis advocate, Shelley Hopper all about the elusive disease endometriosis. The babes learn the staggering statistics of women living with endometriosis, what the symptoms are, is there treatment or a cure, and what the best way is to support someone dealing with endo. These guests offer an insightful, informational, and educational look into a silent disease that needs louder voices like theirs advocating.
Medical Medium Podcast: Healing Endometriosis
Many women suffer from the pain and infertility of endometriosis. Yet, medical science doesn’t know what causes it, and for this reason people can receive misguided advice that can exacerbate the condition. Listen to this Medical Medium Radio Show to finally get the truth on how to heal.
Learn True Health: Fix Your Period, Menstrual Cycle, Fertility, PCOS, Endometriosis, Estrogen Dominance, Birth Control, and Balance Your Hormones Naturally with Nicole Jardim
This week on Sickboy: Jeremie, Brian and Taylor sit down with special guest Lesley to have an open, frank and sometimes offside conversation about periods and the painful disorder known as Endometriosis. The boys talk about everything from Diva cups to what a cervix might look like to #babynestjuice. Who doesn't want to listen to three boys interview a lovely gal about her periods?
HIV Medications Inhibit Keto Benefits, High-Fat Diet Impact On Gut Health, Racing Heart, Endometriosis, Rising Insulin With Falling A1c
Real Talk Radio: Jessica Murnane on Plant-Based Eating, Endometriosis, and The Emotional Side of Change
The Peripheral: Strokes, Concussions, and Endometriosis
Things happen to us in life that we just can not plan for. Most of the time we can recover quickly and pick up where we left off. The bodies we occupy can be uncooperative and fragile. Doctors are not perfect and don't always have the answers we need. When you know something is wrong, please be persistent when speaking with any medical professional. Strokes affect 800,000 people in the US alone. Concussions in many cases go untreated and can cause much greater consequences than most realize. Our final story is about Endometriosis. It is estimated that between 6-10% of woman have endometriosis yet is relatively unknown and is routinely misdiagnosed.
Natural MD Radio: 78 Herbs & Supplements for Endometriosis
If you’ve been suffering from endometriosis, you know how much it can impact your life — and you might try anything to get relief from the pain. You also know that the only treatments doctors recommend include pain medications, hormonal therapies, and surgery. These treatments have big risks, and aren’t always effective. In this episode I share four supplements and herbs that have been scientifically shown to not only help relieve the pain associated with endometriosis, but actually to reduce lesions and cysts. These natural approaches can be used alone or in combination with conventional treatments. If you, or someone you know, has been suffering from endometriosis, tune in to learn how to take control of your health naturally!
Dishing Up Nutrition: Fibrocystic Breasts, Endometriosis & Fibroid Tumors
We’re sharing the estrogen connections with the many uncomfortable symptoms associated of fibrocystic breasts, endometriosis and fibroid tumors along with when they’re more likely to develop. Behind these hormonal disorders there is a nutrition connection to help you find relief. Listen in to learn more.
The Doctor's Kitchen Podcast: Eat For Endometriosis - with Dr Anita Mitra
Gynecologist Dr Anita Mitra aka the Gynae Geek returns to the podcast, this time to discuss endometriosis.
Fertility Friday Radio: Endometriosis, PCOS & Fibroids | Surgical Techniques That Preserve Fertility | NaPro Technology | Dr. Kyle Beiter
The Sarah & Dr Brooke Show: Endometriosis, Adaptogens, Autoimmunity and Giving Up Our Biggest Vices
Answering some great hormone questions today! We covered the most important thing you can do for endometriosis when it comes to diet and lifestyle, which adaptogen to take for which specific issue and how to reframe stepping away from your beloved coffee, wine, sugar or other pleasure when you know it’s not working for you anymore. This can be so tough! We share what has worked for us and for countless women when something is just really darn hard to walk away from.
Feel Good Effect: Jessica Murnane on a Plant Based Diet and Endometriosis
essica Murnane is our guest this week. In this episode we chat about a plant-based diet, endometriosis, and she shares details about her newest project. Jessica is creator of the One Part Plant movement, author of the One Part Plant Cookbook, host of the One Part Podcast, and founder of Know Your Endo. Key Takeaways from the Episodes How a diagnosis of endometriosis led her to where she is today. The lessons endometriosis has taught her. Jessica’s long road to an endometriosis diagnosis. The different treatment options she’s tried over the course of her disease. How the experience of changing her diet challenged her, and changed her life. Why altering her diet changed her relationship with food and eating. The definition of plant-based and veganism, and the difference between the two. Why too much information isn’t necessarily a good thing. Jessica’s new project, Know Your Endo.
Heal Endometriosis Naturally: Radio Host Christian Fioravanti Interviews
Listen to Radio Host, Christian Fioravanti interviewing Wendy K Laidlaw from Heal Endometriosis Naturally about how she healed herself naturally from Stage IV Endometriosis after 33 years, and 6 surgeries that left her bedridden with adenomyosis and mitochondrial disfunction. Wendy has been pain FREE for over 3 years now and this is why she shares her success with women around the world.
Fertility Friday Radio: Managing Painful Periods | Dysmenorrhea | Endometriosis | Dr. Lara Briden, ND
Dr. Lara Briden is a naturopathic doctor with 20 years experience in women’s health, and she is the author of Period Repair Manual: Natural Treatment for Better Hormones and Better Periods.
The Pelvic Health Podcast: Endometriosis with Michelle Lyons
Physiotherapist Michelle Lyons talks about the basics of endo, signs and symptoms, how it can be treated medically and the role physio plays in helping women with this condition
The Infertile Mafia: Endometriosis Sucks
Kaela and Sarah dive into endometriosis this week and talk about symtoms and how it's diagnosed. They also tell two stories from women currently seeking treament for their severe endo.
Heal Endometriosis Naturally With Wendy K Laidlaw - Series
Wendy put her Stage IV Endometriosis and Adenomyosis into remission after suffering for over 33 years - after 6 surgeries, countless drugs and painkillers failed her. She also ended up bedridden for many years with adhesions, Cysts, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and a Mitochondria dysfunction. After retraining (from her bed) in a few areas and Wendy is now a Certified Health Coach Specialising in Endometriosis, Adenomyosis and Infertility. She was able to identify the underlying causes of the inflammation and hormonal imbalance - found a natural way out through her developing the 'Laidlaw Protocols'... Using a multi-modal holistic approach which includes identifying toxic food, products, environment and relationships, Wendy was able to put her Endometriosis and other estrogen dominant conditions into remission and is now helping women all around the world achieve the same results. Wendy now helps other Endometriosis sufferers reduce and then eliminate their pain, symptoms and suffering through her books, online Challenge & Programs, so they can go back to living their life.
Learn True Health: How PCOS, Endometriosis, Fibroids, and PMS Can Be A Thing Of The Past with Robyn Srigley
Robyn Srigley is The Hormone Diva, holistic nutritionist and women’s holistic health coach. In our interview, Robyn discusses the long-term negative health effects of the birth control pill, how PCOS is ineffectively treated by MDs and what we can do naturally to balance our hormones and gain control of our life! In our interview, Robyn shares her own journey with Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome (PCOS) and how it jumpstarted her passion for helping women replace their anxieties with joy to open possibility in their lives and break free of hormonal imbalance. Robyn is a Certified Nutritional Practitioner through the Institute of Holistic Nutrition in Toronto, is studying with the Integrative Women's Health Institute to earn a Women's Health and Nutrition Certification and is currently enrolled to begin studying with Aviva Romm in her Herbal Medicine for Women course. She is also the creator of Cramp Tea and Hot Flash Tea and is featured on MindBodyGreen. "I am extremely passionate about talking about insulin and the role it plays in hormonal health. There are many ways to help control insulin and sex hormones, including diet, movement, self-care and botanicals. The women I primarily speak to are struggling with low self-esteem and overwhelm due to PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids, and PMS" 1. Eat fat to balance insulin and sex hormones 2. Move every day- even a little bit 3. Do self-care and stress management activities like it's your job
Beat Infertility: Endometriosis
Welcome to a success story from Becky, who had endometriosis and always suspected that becoming pregnant would be a challenge for her. When IVF was suggested at her first RE appointment, Becky wasn’t ready for that and opted for lower-level treatments first. Join us to hear more from Becky! What you’ll hear in this episode: Before infertility, Becky was a nurse with a type A personality How she met and married her husband and wanted to pursue the dream of having kids How her obstetrician found problems Why Becky felt disenchanted after her first RE visit The diagnosis: stage 2 endometriosis and subsequent surgery Becky’s treatment path: timed intercourse, Clomid, IUI’s, and then IVF The horrible two-week wait How Becky balanced work and treatments and made sacrifices to pay for them Regained hope How Becky used self-care like abdominal massage, acupuncture, and more Does infertility change a person? Becky shares her personal opinion
The Infertile Mafia: Mafia Meet Steph - Endometriosis Awareness Month
It’s officially March which means it’s Endometriosis Awareness Month! Kaela and Sarah are talking to Steph Kelly about her experience with Endometriosis and Adenomyosis. She's experienced years of pain and misdiagnosis, and was eventually diagnosed with stage four Endometriosis and “frozen pelvis” (or terminal Endometriosis). She shares how Endometriosis is often misunderstood and how important it is for women to educate themselves and be their best advocate when seeking medical treatment. She also opens up about how she copes on the hard days and how important a support system has been for her. Finally, she tells us about her upcoming surgery to correct her Endometriosis and her hopeful path to parenthood via donor eggs and surrogacy. Enjoy this hilarious, witty, and inspiring woman!
This is Infertility: Endometriosis & IVF After Being Diagnosed - Amanda Lesesne - Part 2
This is the second episode in our four-part series on endometriosis and we’ve broken this episode into two parts. After paying out of pocket for four unsuccessful rounds of IVF, Amanda Lesesne had an exploratory laparoscopy which revealed grade three endometriosis. She had the endometriosis tissue removed and decided to try IVF for a fifth time. This time she entered the process with renewed hope, a new financial situation (she now has Progyny Fertility Benefits), and an audio recorder. In part two, we follow Amanda in real time as she experiences her fifth cycle of IVF. Today’s host is Taylor Burbach, Patient Care Supervisor at Progyny.
Fertility Friday Radio: Endometriosis, PCOS, Acne & Infertility | Getting to the Root Cause | Dr. Pamela Frank
Dr. Pamela Frank, BSc (Hons), ND has been practicing as a naturopathic doctor since 1999 and has 20 years of experience as a medical laboratory technologist at Humber River Regional Hospital. She is Clinic Director of Forces of Nature Wellness Clinic in Toronto and was twice voted “Best Naturopath in Toronto” by the readers of NOW Magazine and twice selected as Best Naturopathy in Toronto by the City Centre Mirror. Dr. Frank has a particular interest in natural, evidence-based treatment for hormonal imbalances including infertility, acne, hair loss, endometriosis, and PCOS. Because of her background in laboratory medicine, Dr. Frank advocates for an extensive investigation into the cause of disease and has helped thousands of patients restore their hair, have healthy babies, clear their skin, balance their hormones & enjoy greater vitality. In today’s show, we talk about her perspective on different areas of specialization from endometriosis to PCOS, and unexplained infertility, and her process when it comes to treating and supporting her patients to improve their health and their fertility. She also explained her detailed diagnostic protocol and approach that she takes for her patients. She also shares that improving health and fertility is a complex process. That it is important that you go to a practitioner that specializes in that area before you make a decision. Topics discussed in today's episode: Dr. Frank shares her experience working as a Naturopath in Toronto over the past 20 years. She describes her specialization and how it shifted from her previous practice She shares her own personal experience having a child at age 41 Dr. Frank shares her personal experience overcoming PCOS Why your IVF doctor may not be doing the same tests as your functional practitioner Why an investigation for endometriosis should be done in any case of "unexplained infertility" What is PCOS? What are the most common signs and symptoms? What is the relationship between testosterone levels and PCOS? Improving fertility in non-invasive ways Treating endometriosis, PCOS and other reproductive health issues naturally The impact hormonal birth control has on your body The importance of balancing blood sugar when dealing with PCOS The relationship between Acne & PCOS
The Birth Hour: Getting Pregnant after Endometriosis - Lida Sunderland
Lida battled chronic pain throughout her teens and twenties, and underwent laparoscopic surgery at age 24 to remove adhesions caused by endometriosis. In order to inhibit the disease's progression and to preserve her fertility, Lida took continuous hormonal birth control until she and her husband were ready to begin trying to conceive. The endometriosis started to return immediately, but with the help of a minor fertility intervention, Lida was able to conceive after only seven months.
The Birth Hour: Detoxifying after Endometriosis, Natural Hospital Birth — Vani Hari
After overcoming a severe case of endometriosis in her 20s, Vani changed her diet and lifestyle, but still worried that she'd have trouble getting pregnant. When she and her husband were finally ready to have a baby at age 38, she conceived after just one month of trying! Vani chose to have a natural hospital birth, and assembled a team to help her get there. She says she couldn’t have achieved a natural child birth without the coaching of her doula, supportive doctor, and a very positive and helpful nurse. She also says there were a few moments during labor where she asked the team “can I do this?” and they would say “yes, you can do this,” and that really motivated her. Taking drugs, however, didn't enter her mind once. She says that after having her daughter a few months ago, she has been in pure bliss enjoying breastfeeding; and, that the happy-hormones from nursing help her overcome the sleep deprivation that comes with juggling motherhood and business.
LET IT OUT: Jessica Murnane of One Part Plant on Endometriosis, Friendship, Creativity and more!
My friend Jess Murnane returns with a new plant-based cookbook, One Part Plant (foreword by Lena Dunham) and a new podcast, The Cookbook Deal- Also The Weirdest Year of My Life We talk about her Endometriosis (painful and heavy periods) , her real time thoughts on launching her book, social media, and more.
The Hook Up: Endometriosis
Endo affects around one in ten women, but it is so often misdiagnosed. Women go on for an average of eight years with crippling pain not knowing they have the disease, which can have a detrimental effect on their lives. We speak to gynaecologist and Medical Director of Jean Hailes for Women's Health Dr Elizabeth Farrell about the disease, sex therapist Cat O Dowd on how to manage endo with your sex life, and Syl Freedman from EndoActive on her work raising awareness of the disease.
This is Infertility: Endometriosis & IVF Before Being Diagnosed - Amanda Lesesne - Part 1
This is the second episode in our four-part series on endometriosis and we’ve broken this episode into two parts. Amanda Lesesne went through four rounds of IVF before she was diagnosed with endometriosis, a disease she had never really heard of, but one that explained a lot of the symptoms she had experienced since she was a teenager. In part one, we will hear about Amanda’s past, what it was like to have to pay for multiple rounds of IVF, and how she finally came to have laparoscopic surgery for her endometriosis. Amanda will also discuss her decision to try IVF for the fifth time, and what she expects to be different now that she has dealt with her endometriosis and has the Progyny Fertility Benefit. Today’s host is Taylor Burbach, Patient Care Supervisor at Progyny.
Fertility Friday Radio: Natural Treatment for Unexplained Infertility | Treating Endometriosis and Fibroids | Dr Shawna Darou, ND
Dr. Shawna Darou is a licensed and registered Naturopathic Doctor, who specializes in women's health care and fertility. Since graduating from the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine Dr. Darou has been treating women in her Toronto clinic. She has developed several programs to help women improve their fertility and prepare for pregnancy including her Fertility Care program. In today's show, Shawna and I talk about the philosophy behind naturopathic medicine and how it can help women treat menstrual cycle and fertility-related concerns naturally. We talk specifically about how naturopathic medicine can treat endometriosis and fibroids, as well as unexplained infertility, and other fertility-related issues. Dr. Darou also shares how she uses acupuncture as an adjunct to medical fertility treatments like IUI (Intra Uterine Insemination) and IVF (In Vitro Fertilization), and how it can increase the effectiveness of these treatments by up to 65%. Topics discussed in today's episode How is Naturopathic Medicine both similar and different to traditional Allopathic Medicine? In what ways does Naturopathic Medicine identify and address the root causes of women's health concerns related to menstrual health and fertility? What are uterine fibroids and what impact can they have on fertility? What is endometriosis? And how can it be treated effectively with naturopathic medicine? What impact can endometriosis have on fertility? The important role that food can play in reducing the underlying inflammatory processes that worsen the symptoms associated with endometriosis The important role that cervical mucus plays in conception and why mucus quality may not be tested by your fertility specialist What are some of the reasons behind recurrent miscarriages? And what can be done to address this issue? How are you able to help women who have been diagnosed with "unexplained infertility"? To what extent can acupuncture improve the outcomes of medical infertility treatments like IVF and IUI? Does the timing of acupuncture treatments play a role in this process? How women can improve their fertility and egg quality at an advanced maternal age
Fertility Friday Radio: Endometriosis, PCOS & Fibroids | Surgical Techniques That Preserve Fertility | NaPro Technology | Dr. Kyle Beiter
Dr. Beiter is a Board Certified Medical Doctor, with a specialization in the field of Obstetrics and Gynecology who specializes in fertility. Dr. Beiter is a trained NaPro Technology Surgeon. For those of you who aren’t familiar with NaPro technology is a specialized form of gynecologic surgery whose primary aim is to reconstruct the uterus, fallopian tubes and ovaries in such a way that minimized adhesions and protects your tissues. In today’s episode, we talk about the surgical side of NaPro technology, what it can mean for your health and fertility, and how the NaPro surgical approach can support women with fibroids, endometriosis, PCOS, pelvic pain, and infertility. Topics discussed in today's episode How the NaPro Technology surgical approach differs from the general approach that is taken by classically trained Obstetrician-Gynecologists What are the main reasons why women are referred for surgery in the first place? At what point would surgery be appropriate to remove fibroids? What are the surgical techniques that minimize bleeding, scarring, and adhesions when removing fibroids surgically? What exactly is an adhesion, and how do NaPro technology surgical procedures minimize adhesions of your reproductive tissues? What is endometriosis, and how is endometriosis diagnosed? Why you can't diagnose endometriosis with an ultrasound alone How does endometriosis contribute to or cause infertility? What does endometriosis actually look like in the body? Does endometriosis just grow back after surgery? What is adenomyosis and how is it related to endometriosis and infertility? Can surgery (i.e. ovarian wedge resection surgery) improve PCOS symptoms? How do ovulatory disorders contribute to or cause infertility? How ultrasounds can be used to help to identify ovulatory disorders What is LUF -- Luteinized Unruptured Follicle -- and how does it contribute to and cause fertility challenges?