Warning Signs of Endometriosis

My daughter has been complaining of painful periods. What are some red flags that this is not typical menstrual pain but something more serious like endometriosis? Painful periods, also known as dysmenorrhea, are the most commonly reported menstrual disorder. More than half of all women who menstruate say they experience some pain each month during … Continued

Primary Dysmenorrhea — Menstrual “Cramps” — Matters!

By Mary Lou Ballweg It was Thanksgiving, late afternoon—I glanced out my window to see a woman on our new neighbor’s patio, bending over, clutching her abdomen, rocking back and forth. She was clearly in agony. I went out and asked if she was in pain, was she OK? She said, “I’ll be OK,” and … Continued

Ending the Endometriosis Silence

The 4th annual Worldwide Endometriosis March will take place on March 25th. Endometriosis is a chronic disease that affects women during their reproductive years. It occurs when uterine-lining tissue is found growing outside of the uterus, typically resulting in immense pain during and between periods, heavy and long menstrual cycles, gastrointestinal upsets, and fatigue. There … Continued

Overlapping Pain Conditions: Women in Pain Need More

Some health issues are easy to diagnose and easy to resolve. If you fall off a ladder and your leg hurts, you get an X-ray. If the X-ray shows a fracture, your leg is put in a cast. No one at the emergency room questions why you need a cast for your broken leg. While … Continued


Hysterectomy in the United States: Background Hysterectomy is the second most frequently performed surgical procedure (after cesarean section) for U.S. women who are of reproductive age. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 2006-2010, 11.7 percent of women between the ages of 40-44 had a hysterectomy.1 Approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed annually … Continued

Snapshots – March/April 2015

Talking about gay marriage can improve people’s perceptions of the issue, but may not create permanent attitude changes. A recent study, which followed 972 voters’ views on gay marriage for 9 months, found the messenger matters as much as the message. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people who canvassed voters to support same-sex marriage … Continued

Lupron-What Does It Do To Women’s Health?

Here at the Network, we often receive emails or calls from women seeking health care information about specific procedures or tests. Something different’s been happening recently, however: we’ve received several messages from women asking the Network to explore the safety of a drug commonly used in fertility treatments: Lupron® (leuprolide acetate). This drug was originally … Continued

From Pain to Wisdom: What I Learned from My Endometriosis

I doubled over and groaned as the stabbing sensation worsened in my abdomen. I was in the middle of a math test my sophomore year of high school, but the Pythagorean Theorem was the last thing on my mind. I was imagining punching my doctor in the face for telling me to simply take more … Continued