Missing from Research: Exposing the Deficit in Knowledge and Research of Endometriosis and Women’s Health
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KeywordMinorities -- Medical Care
Women - Health And Hygiene
Women - Diseases
Adolescents - Maladies
Teenagers - Diseases
Teenagers - Health And Hygiene
Women - Health Aspects
Caring—Moral And Ethical Aspects
Feminism - Health Aspects
Medical Care Quality - Social Aspects
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AbstractEndometriosis, one of the many reproductive health related diseases that specifically impact female bodies, could be either less prevalent, or less excruciating in a society that integrates a feminist approach to health care. As one of the many women impacted by the disease, I could be living a less painful and distressing life. I would not be the one in the “one of ten women” who exist with an inferior quality of life due to the lack of knowledge and research surrounding women's health.
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