The Importance of a Proactive Approach to Endometriosis

Although traditionally understood as a pelvic disease, endometriosis is now redefined as a heterogeneous whole-body condition that affects mental health. Dr Hugh Taylor is joined by Dr Serdar Bulun and Dr Linda Giudice for a virtual roundtable discussion on the pathophysiology, diagnosis, and treatment of endometriosis. The panelists discuss how symptoms of endometriosis can overlap with other conditions, making diagnosis challenging, and they share their thoughts on the evolving role of laparoscopy vs clinical diagnosis. Standard and emerging therapies are also addressed.

Video 1: Overview - Pathophysiology of Endometriosis

In this video, the panelists discuss the principal etiology of endometriosis — retrograde menstruation — as well as other contributing factors, such as genetic predisposition, environmental factors, immunologic dysfunction, and epithelial mutations. The wide range of symptoms, from biological to psychological, is also examined. The panelists stress that understanding the condition's broader effects helps clinicians achieve better patient care.

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Video 1: Overview - Pathophysiology of Endometriosis
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Video 3: Endometriosis Treatment

About the Panel

Hugh Taylor, MD Photo

Hugh Taylor, MD

  • Professor, Chair, Department of Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences
  • Yale School of Medicine
  • New Haven, Connecticut
Serdar Bulun, MD Photo

Serdar Bulun, MD

  • Chair, Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
  • Chicago, Illinois
Linda Giudice, MD, PhD Photo

Linda Giudice, MD, PhD

  • Distinguished Professor, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
  • University of California San Francisco
  • Director, UCSF/Stanford Endometriosis Center for Discovery, Innovation, Training and Community Engagement
  • San Francisco, California
Disclosures

Hugh Taylor, MD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Serdar Bulun, MD, has disclosed no relevant financial relationships.

Linda Giudice, MD, PhD, has disclosed the following relevant financial relationships:
Serve(d) as a director, officer, partner, employee, advisor, consultant, or trustee for: Myovant Sciences; Forendo Pharma; NextGen Jane
Received research grant from: National Institutes of Health
Received income in an amount equal to or greater than $250 from: Myovant Sciences; Forendo Pharma; NextGen Jane