Path To Fertility Blogger Lisa Rosenthal  

Lisa Rosenthal has over twenty-five years of experience in the fertility field, including her current roles as Coordinator of Professional and Patient Communications for RMACT and teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a class designed to support, comfort and enhance men and women's sense of self. Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association, where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director

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International Women's Day: Highlight on Endometriosis


International Women's Day 2013

Today, as my friend Pamela reminded me, is International Women's Day. She called, as only one of your best friends can, at what I consider a rather unG~dly hour. Still, her timing was perfect.  


I had just finished watching a video from Endometriosis.org, an international platform that has comprehensive and informative information about endometriosis, a disease that affects one in ten women. Their video is one of the best quick overviews that I've seen in quite a while, explaining what and how endometriosis can affect women and what one can do about it. So while I was enjoying this video, with the audio in a lovely english (British? Swedish?) accent, I heard about International Women's Day. 


Yep, even with a foot of snow on a gorgeous March morning, the planets do align.

Raising Endometriosis Awareness for Women

What better way to acknowledge International Women's Day and March being Endometriosis Awareness Month than with an international organization? 




Being Fertile In the Future- Protect Yourself Now From Infertility


Monday Text
If you're not getting your period regularly, are you seeing that as a blessing? I'm a woman, I get it's easier not to get your period, but this is a sign that you may not be ovulating regularly either. If you are not ovulating or menstruating then chances are you are not fertile during those times. Again, this may seem like a blessing as it would prevent an unwanted pregnancy.


I don't want to be a buzz kill, far from it, but while you may not even be trying to become pregnant right now, these things are a cause for concern. If in fact, the last thing that you want is to become pregnant, these are still causes for concern.


One reason to be concerned is because of your fertility in the future. While you may not want to become pregnant right now, there are ways to protect your fertility for the future. Using birth control methods that also protect you against sexually transmitted diseases is one way to ensure becoming pregnant when you do want to.  


Another reason to be concerned about your fertility and reproductive system is that if you are not menstruating and ovulating regularly (menstruating every 22-32 days), then that is a sign that something is not working properly. Whether or not you are trying to conceive, you do want to make sure that you do not have a medical condition that needs to be treated. Your reproductive system is a system like any other in your body; it needs to be functioning in a healthy way.


Some examples of reproductive disorders or conditions are; PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome); Endometriosis; Sexually transmitted diseases; menstruation dysfunction; endocrine disorders; pathological obesity; PID (Pelvic Inflammatory Disease); Premature ovarian failure; other hormone imbalances.


Education and information are empowering. Understanding how our reproductive systems work and what is healthy and what is not can help us make the best medical decisions for ourselves and for our futures.


If you are not menstruating regularly or are unsure of whether you are ovulating or have not had a pap smear and are sexually active, please see a Gynecologist. A Gynecologist is specially trained in all aspects of reproductive health and can help make sure that you are healthy. They can also help you, so that in the future when you are wanting a child, that can be your choice as well.

Top Fertility Clinic Talks About Endometriosis and Infertility

  Infertility itself is not a diagnosis. It does not specify what or where the problem is in the inability to conceive.  An infertility diagnosis can be many things. Here is some information on one diagnosis that has not been talked about in this blog before. Endometriosis is not only a reason that you may be unable to conceive, it is also a reason that you may be living in pain. Here's what the Reproductive Medicine Associates of CT has to say about it:

Endometriosis is a gynecologic condition in which tissues similar to the lining of the uterus (called "endometrial stroma and glands"-- normally located only inside the uterus) are found elsewhere in the body. Endometriosis lesions can be found anywhere in the pelvic cavity: on the ovaries, the fallopian tubes, the pelvic sidewall and the uterosacral ligaments. Other less common sites include the bladder, bowel, intestines, colon, appendix, and rectum.

 The Endometriosis Association (EA) is an international organization that was founded in 1980 by Mary Lou Ballweg and Carolyn Keith. Here is what they have to say about themselves:

The Endometriosis Association was the first organization in the world created for those with endometriosis. As an independent self-help organization of women with endometriosis, doctors, and others interested in the disease, it is a recognized authority in its field whose goal is to work toward finding a cure for the disease as well as providing education, support, and research.

The Endometriosis Association is one of the few non-profits that I am aware of in the field of infertility that has such comprehensive and far reaching information specifically linked to their particular disease. Part of the reason is the amount of time that they have been in existence and the exponential way in which EA has grown in their thirty years. Mary Lou Ballweg is still at the helm as the President/Executive Director and is as passionate today as she was in the very beginning. (For a free packet of information call 1-800-992-3636.)
Tel: (414) 355-2200/ Fax: (414) 355-6065

Important work is being done on Endometriosis and EA is up to date with the information on their website, as well as actively supporting the research being done. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is in the news for having received a multi million dollar grant from the National Institute of Health (NIH):

 The multi-million dollar effort has a two-pronged approach the establishment of a National Institutes of Health-funded center for research in endometriosis and a research initiative sponsored by the Endometriosis Association in which Vanderbilt will serve as the primary North American research site

Another excellent website, a place where you can trust the information that you are reading is Endometriosis.org, founded in 2005 by international advocates and professionals in the field. Lone Hummelshoj is the founder, publisher and editor in chief. She has on her peer review board some of the greatest talent in the field. The board truly reads like a who's who in the field of Endometriosis.

From an article that Lone wrote, it is clear that she understands what living with Endometriosis is like. Here is what she has to say:
Endometriosis is a mystery - an enigma! We do not know the origin of the disease. We do not know why it causes such extreme symptoms in some women, and not in others. The treatment options can be - let's be honest: a bit "hit and miss". And, unfortunately, because endometriosis is associated with menstruation, sex, infertility, and pain (all taboo subjects in most societies) it is a disease that is not well known, understood, or accepted in the general public.

If you are suffering from Endometriosis, whether because it is causing infertility or because the disease is causing you pain, these two resources are wonderful places to gather reliable information. Well researched, peer reviewed clinical research from the top professionals in the field. In addition both of these websites address the emotional and psychological effects of the disease, as both founders of these organizations have had first hand knowledge of how Endometriosis affects women.

If  Endometriosis is your diagnosis, please let us know. We know that there's more to this diagnosis than just a name or even infertility. That you may be living in pain. An overriding theme to this blog is that you are not alone. The last place that we want you to feel alone is in pain.



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