EndoCaRe Media and Press
'This update suggests a benefit of timed intercourse using urinary ovulation detection'
EndoCaRe MSc by research student Tatjana Gibbons presented findings at the 38th Annual ESHRE meeting in Milan suggesting a woman's chance of conceiving is improved by using urine tests to detect the optimum time for intercourse, but further research is still needed to assess whether timed intercourse via any ovulation detection method creates a difference in live births and pregnancy rates.
'The COVID-19 pandemic has had a disproportionate and devastating impact on women’s health'
DPhil Researcher Danielle Perro and EndoCaRe Co-Director Christian Becker discuss the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on women's health and the recent findings from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists report that found that more than half a million women in the UK have been forced to wait for gynaecological care.
'the guidelines expand on important issues such as the clinical evidence on Endometriosis in adolescents and postmenopausal women'
EndoCaRe Co-Director and chair of the ESHRE Guideline Development Group Prof Christian Becker worked with Dr Nathalie Vermeulen, Senior Research Specialist at ESHRE, together with international medical and epidemiological experts in the field as well as patient representatives over two years to update clinical guidelines for the diagnosis, treatment and management of Endometriosis.
What do you really know about the menstrual cycle? India Rakusen explores the whole bloody story, discovering facts that could change your life. Periods are just the beginning.
Dr. Katy Vincent joined India Rakusen on BBC Radio 4's 28ish Days Later to explain how women today have far more periods.
'Our team at Oxford University has been working for decades to understand what genes cause endometriosis. our recent collaborative study might have brought us one step closer towards finding a potential new target for treatment.'
EndoCaRe Co-Director Krina Zondervan and EndoCaRe alumnus and Senior Research Fellow in Women's Health at Monash University Thomas Tapmeier discuss the groups new sequencing study that links variants in the NPSR1 gene to endometriosis and suggests inhibitors of the NPSR1 protein could counteract symptoms such as abdominal pain and inflammation.
'The APPG on Endometriosis, published in October 2020, documents numerous women’s experiences of being dismissed, told their pelvic pain is ‘normal’, or even that it’s all in their head.'
iNews spoke to Krina Zondervan about research being done in the EndoCaRe Centre to better understand the link between endometriosis and chronic, inflammatory conditions as well as the potential of adapting arthritis drugs to target pelvic inflammation in endometriosis patients.
"Jessica, who's 24, went to hospital about 200 times, with her symptoms initially attributed to IBS and coeliac disease. She even had her appendix removed, before endometriosis was finally discovered to be the underlying cause."
BBC News spoke to Krina Zondervan, as well as colleagues in Edinburgh and at Endometriosis UK, about the research being done to find drugs that can help women with endometriosis.
"Research is totally underfunded and awareness too." says Christian Becker, Co-Director of the Endometriosis Care Centre.
ITV News Meridian spoke to Christian Becker about endometriosis and the need for more awareness of the condition and told the story of a participant in the research being undertaken at the University of Oxford's Endometriosis Care and Research (CaRe) Centre.
In this special extra podcast episode of Royal Institute Science Podcast, PhD student in WRH and Digital Intern at RI, Madga Mareckova, sits down with her PhD supervisors, Krina Zondervan & Christian Becker.
They dispel myths and discuss the symptoms, potential causes and treatments of endometriosis, whilst sharing insights into their unique collaboration as researchers and clinicians at the University of Oxford's Endometriosis Care and Research (CaRe) Centre.
"We need very large numbers of cases and controls, larger than we or any other centre could collect alone." says Krina Zondervan, professor of reproductive and genomic epidemiology.
The hidden toll and extraordinary neglect of a disease that affects an estimated 176 million women around the globe, causing many to suffer a life of pain and debilitation and sometimes infertility, is revealed by the Guardian.
One woman in 10 of reproductive age has endometriosis, it is estimated, and yet often their primary care doctors do not know what it is and the specialists to whom they are sent are ill-informed.
Vast numbers of women are under-treated or badly treated. It can take years to get a diagnosis and during that time women may suffer severe pain and are unable to work, socialise or maintain a sexual relationship.
"We have good evidence that having serious pain alters your central nervous system, alters how you respond to pain in the future and makes you potentially more susceptible to other chronic pain conditions" says Katy Vincent, a senior pain fellow at the University of Oxford.
For women who are symptomatic, and many are not, the primary symptom is usually acute pelvic pain with no obvious physical cause. That may make it enigmatic. But that it was a health condition experienced only by women – and is linked to menstruation, in particular – has made it more of an enigma than it perhaps could be.
"We've known for some time that endometriosis is heritable, but until now we have been unable to find any robust genetic variants that influence a woman's risk of developing the disease," says Krina Zondervan, professor of reproductive and genomic epidemiology.
Women with one of two genetic variants may be more likely to develop endometriosis, according to a new study that may offer new clues about the cause of the mysterious condition.
Researchers say it's the first study to show a genetic link to the disorder that affects between 6% and 10% of women of childbearing age.
Endometriosis is the abnormal growth of cells similar to those found inside the uterus on other areas of the body, such as the ovaries and bowel. The growths can lead to inflammation, pelvic pain, painful menstrual periods, and infertility in some women.
Dr Katy Vincent joins Jane Garvey on BBC Radio 4's Women's Hour to discuss the new University of Oxford study, the first of its kind, looking at the link between chronic pain and hormones that control the menstrual cycle and reproductive function.