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Nina Stachenfeld participates in panel at showing of Endometriosis documentary: “Below the Belt”

Dr. Nina Stachenfeld participates in panel at showing of Below the Belt, a film about endometriosis sponsored by the Yale Women’s Center.

This is a new, groundbreaking film examining the challenges people with endometriosis are facing. There is no known cure for this disease and often patients undergo several surgeries in hope of some relief.  Dr. Stachenfeld studies cardiovascular co-morbidities in women with endometriosis in her current NIH collaboration with Dr. Lacy Alexander at Penn State.  This film was directed by Shannon Cohn and executive produced by Hillary Rodham Clinton and is available to the public on PBS on March 29, 2023.

“There is no known cure for this disease, which affects 1 in 10 women worldwide and in the US, and is associated with chronic, debilitating pain.” Stachenfeld said, “Despite the prevalence of this disease, it remains underfunded by our leading funding institutions, is not well understood by most clinicians, and takes, on average 7-10 years to diagnose.  Imagine a disease impacting 10% of men associated with chronic severe pelvic pain, constant nausea, and headaches. I believe we would be putting considerable resources towards this.”  Drs. Stachenfeld and Alexander will examine vascular changes in women with endometriosis and have proposed interventions to alleviate these effects.

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