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To Better Understand Women’s Health, We Need to Destigmatize Menstrual Blood

Women with endometriosis are often told they are pain-pill seekers, scam artists trying to take advantage of the health system. They are called “disruptive,” “crazy,” “faking it” and “psychosomatic.” They are told that their pain may be in their heads and to move beyond it. To stop being—well, stop being a woman. We are talking…

cells develop as “lesions” in outside the uterus. These lesions are usually found in the pelvic cavity, bladder, intestines, and rectum, but can also occur in the lungs or other areas. The condition affects approximately one in 10 people with uteruses, and these patients often suffer for years, on average seven, before they are definitively diagnosed, which requires surgery, and it can take even longer before they find treatments.

Why aren’t there better treatments and diagnostics for this disease? Because women’s reproductive health has been woefully understudied, and not enough funding. Let’s face it, there’s an “ick” factor too. Menstrual blood is one of the best biological materials for studying women’s reproductive health. Menstrual blood is a stigmatized subject that has been very rarely studied in depth.

Now, with women’s reproductive health in the spotlight, it’s time to openly discuss and examine menstruation to improve women’s health.

Menstrual Blood can be used by researchers to help them understand the reproductive health of females. It allows us to study and determine the cellular, metabolic and genetic diversity of healthy uteruses. These profiles can be used to compare uteruses with a variety of conditions, such as infertility, chronic endometritis, and dysmenorrhea. This biological sample can easily be collected without the need for invasive surgery.

Since 2013, my colleagues and I have focused on studying menstrual blood. To understand how menstrual blood can be collected at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research and to develop a noninvasive, early diagnostic test for endometriosis, we created the Research outSmarts Endometriosis study . More than 2,000 participants have joined the ROSE study (including women with diagnosed endometriosis, healthy controls and those waiting for diagnostic results). Teens are also eligible to participate. We have made great strides in investigating menstrual . This could lead to FDA-approved diagnostics and more effective and tolerable treatment options that could stop or prevent disease.

Endometriosis is a chronic condition that causes many teenagers and young women to miss school. This prevents them from reaching their full potential. These people may have trouble getting promoted or staying in their jobs as they get older due to excessive sick days. They lose their essential health insurance and their pain is unchecked if they don’t have a job. Many people have said that they have difficulty having or maintaining intimate relationships. The overwhelming pain they are experiencing, which can last for days per month, is often dismissed, downplayed, and misunderstood. These women and girls are not suffering in silence, I would say. Their suffering is not being acknowledged, even though they are speaking out.

Currently, hormones or hormone-based treatments are the only available medications for endometriosis. These can cause weight gain, hot flashes, and force patients into menopause. These medications only address the symptoms and do not prevent disease progression. Endometrists claim that these hormonal treatments are more harmful than the disease.

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