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Women’s Health: Breaking Down Endometriosis, Ovarian Cysts, and Fibroids

For many women, it can still be difficult to openly talk about sexual and reproductive health, even when they feel something is off. This is partly due to the patriarchal origins of western medicine that often devalue women’s health concerns, and partly because many of the topics are still taboo today. Vernee Edwards, a doctor specializing in obstetrics and gynecology (read: women’s sexual and reproductive health), wants to move this conversation forward. She is helping us break down three common health concerns specific to females: Endometriosis, Ovarian Cysts and Fibroids.

“Not only are women’s sexual and reproductive health concerns valid, but even a lot of the ways we look at symptoms in women today is still based on only how they present in men and not how they present in women,” says Edwards. “For example, the symptoms of a heart attack in a woman are different than they are in a man,” points Edwards, who practices out of Crusader Health, in the greater Chicago area.

Edwards underscores: “Women’s sexual and reproductive well-being is an important issue because research tells us that when women are healthy, societies flourish. We have a direct impact on how our society functions.”

So what exactly are endometriosis, ovarian cysts, and fibroids? If you’ve been experiencing frequent pelvic pain, these may be at the root.

DISCLAIMER: This advice is not intended as a substitute for the advice of a qualified healthcare practitioner. Always seek medical advice that is specific to you and your situation.

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