Özge Özkaya, PhD

Özge has a Phd in Molecular Biology and several years experience working as a bench scientists. She has been working in science communication since 2014.

Placenta Previa More Common Among Pregnant Women With Endometriosis

Endometriosis is associated with a higher risk of placenta previa, according to a new study published in the scientific journal Reproductive Sciences. This is the case whether the women became pregnant following in vitro fertilization (IVF). Moreover, for women with endometriosis who have placenta previa and Cesarean section, the average time of the operation and time spent in the hospital is higher compared to women without endometriosis. This finding is important because it can ensure pregnant women with endometriosis are followed…

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Study Identifies Factors Associated With Risk of UrinaryTract Endometriosis Recurrence

Being younger than age 25 and having an autoimmune disease are significant predictors of the recurrence of urinary tract endometriosis after surgery according to a new study published in the Journal of Minimally Invasive Gynecology. Adjuvant hormonal therapy, on the other hand, seems to have a protective role. Urinary tract endometriosis can affect different parts of the urinary tract including the ureters, bladder, and kidneys. The gold standard for the treatment of the disease is laparoscopic deep excision surgery. However,…

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Transvaginal Ultrasound Could Be Sufficient to Properly Diagnose Deep Endometriosis and Ovarians Endometriomas

Following the International Deep Endometriosis Analysis consensus can improve the accuracy of transvaginal ultrasound to diagnose ovarian endometriomas and deep infiltrating endometriosis, according to a new study published in the scientific journalUltrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology. “ (…) at this point, we believe there is sufficient evidence for integrating routine clinical evaluation of  [deep endometriosis] using [transvaginal ultrasound] for patients with suspicion for endometriosis rather than relying exclusively on laparoscopy as the historical gold standard,” wrote Dr. Mathew Leonardi, the…

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Endometriosis and IBS Have Different Comorbidities

Comorbidities of endometriosis and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) are different despite several overlapping symptoms, according to a new study published in the scientific journal Human Reproduction. These comorbidities are usually related to the organ systems that are primarily involved in the index diagnosis. Although these results support those of previous studies showing a high prevalence of certain comorbidities in women with endometriosis and IBS, it is important to differentiate these comorbidities to ensure that women are given the right diagnosis.…

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Gluten Intake May Not Have an Effect on Endometriosis

Carbohydrate quality and certain types of fiber such as total vegetable and cruciferous vegetable fiber seem to be associated with endometriosis in women before menopause, found a new study published in the Journal of Nutrition. According to the study, it is unlikely that the intake of gluten has a strong effect on the cause and symptoms of the disease. The exact cause of endometriosis is not known. However, there are many factors that are likely related to the development of…

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New Endometriosis Self-Assessment Tool Could Help Women Seek Timely Medical Attention

Researchers from Korea developed a self-assessment tool that may allow women to determine their risk of endometriosis. They described the tool in an article they published in the scientific journal Obstetrics & Gynecology Science. “The devised tool appears valid and reliable,” the researchers wrote.  This tool is valuable because more than half of women with the disease do not think to have a medical problem of any significance and that the period pain they experience is normal, which significantly delays…

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Research Identifies Blood Proteins Associated With Endometriosis in Adolescents

Proteins related to angiogenesis or the formation of new blood vessels and cellular migration are enriched and more active in the blood of adolescents with endometriosis compared to healthy controls. These are the findings of a new study published in the scientific journal Human Reproduction. According to the authors of the study, these results provide new information that can help better understand the biological processes associated with endometriosis in its early stages and could help researchers develop new treatments for…

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Ovarian Endometrioma Reduces the Chance of a Successful Pregnancy With IVF

Ovarian endometrioma significantly decreases ovarian reserve or the capacity of the ovaries to produce eggs that are able to be fertilized and give rise to a successful pregnancy. This is according to a study published in the scientific journal Medicine. This ultimately affects the efficacy of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and embryo transfer. The authors of the study also reported that obtaining more 2-pronuclei high-quality embryos was important for IVF embryo transfer treatment in young women with ovarian endometriomas. In…

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Are my Eggs Good Enough for IVF?

There does not seem to be any difference in the rate of live births between women with endometriosis who became pregnant following IVF using their own eggs or eggs obtained from a donor. This suggests that oocyte quality may not affect IVF outcomes in terms of live birth rates in women with the disease. Endometriosis is a disease that can cause infertility in many patients. IVF is therefore an option used by many women with the disease. However, it is…

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Who Is Diagnosing my Endo?

It is possible to acquire the skills necessary to diagnose endometriosis lesions as well as adenomyosis using three-dimensional rectosonography after a short learning period in an expert radiology center. This is according to a new study by French researchers published in the scientific journal Ultrasound in Medicine and Biology. It is difficult to diagnose endometriosis and adenomyosis radiologically as well. In fact, a definitive diagnosis can only be reached following the analysis of excised lesions by histopathological evaluation.  Three-dimensional recto-sonography…

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Surgery Improves the Sex Life and Sleep of Women With Endometriosis

Endometriosis surgery improves patients’ quality of life, sexual function, and sleep confirms a new study by Turkish researchers published in the scientific journal Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics. According to the first author Dr. Belfin Nur Arici Halici of the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Bezmialem University in Istanbul, Turkey, and the co-authors of the study, “surgical or medical treatment can be performed considering the complaints and fertility status of the patients.” It was already known…

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Why Do Some Women Develop Endometriosis While Other Don’t?

Chemotaxis by natural killer cells as well as cytotoxicity is significantly decreased in the peritoneal cavity of women with endometriosis, according to a new study published in the American Journal of Reproductive Immunology. This means that antigens that enter the peritoneal cavity through retrograde menstruation might be left unprocessed and the repetition of this event each month could lead to the development of endometriosis. This could explain why only some women develop endometriosis even though retrograde menstruation is more common.…

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Adenomyosis Increases Risk of Surgical Complications

Adenomyosis increases the risk of deep endometriosis surgery complications, according to a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports. Patients with deep endometriosis and adenomyosis should therefore be informed about this risk before undergoing surgery. Adenomyosis occurs together with deep endometriosis in up to half of the cases. But it is not known how the presence of adenomyosis affects the outcome of deep endometriosis surgery and any surgical complications.  Here, a team of researchers from Spain led by Dr.…

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Self-Management Strategies for Endometriosis

Many self-management strategies for endometriosis are not more effective at reducing the symptoms of the disease compared to placebo or hormonal therapies, according to a new study published in the journal Reproductive Sciences.  The authors, therefore concluded that “no recommendations can be made due to the poor quality and heterogeneity of evidence”. “High-quality empirical evidence is required to investigate the efficacy of self-management strategies for females with endometriosis,” they wrote.  Self-management strategies are of great importance for the management of…

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Geography May Influence Risk of Endometriosis

The risk of developing endometriosis seems to be geographically heterogeneous across France, according to results from a study published in the journal Scientific Reports. The study identified  20 high-risk hotspots around the country. These showed similar results for non-adenomyosis endometriosis cases.  “Shifting practice patterns, improved awareness and healthcare disparities interlinked with environmental risk factors could explain these trends,” the authors of the study wrote. Endometriosis is a debilitating disease thought to affect around one in ten women of reproductive age.…

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Which Method Is Best To Reduce Pain During Egg Retrieval?

Women experience the least pain during egg retrieval for in vitro fertilization (IVF) or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) when alfentanil is injected into the muscles and this is followed by fentanyl injection into the bloodstream and non-sedative analgesics given by mouth. This is according to a new study published in the Journal of Gynecology Obstetrics and Human Reproduction. The authors of the study also found significant correlations between patient characteristics and pain scores. The findings of this study are important because…

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Potential New Approach to Treat Endometriosis

Inhibiting ribosome biogenesis could be a potential therapeutic approach for endometriosis according to a new study published in the scientific journal Biomedicines. Ribosome biogenesis plays a key role in protein homeostasis during cell growth and division. Previous research has shown that it is upregulated during endometriosis progression and malignant transition. Based on this knowledge, a team of researchers led by Dr. Jim Jinn-Chyuan Sheu hypothesized that inhibiting ribosome biogenesis could be effective for treating the disease and complications associated with…

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Medicinal Cannabis Use for Endometriosis in Australia and New Zeland

Cannabis use leads to positive outcomes for the management of endometriosis according to the results of an online survey among patients from Australia and New Zealand. These findings, which were published in the journal Cannabis and Cannabinoid Research suggest that medicinal cannabis may have a therapeutic potential in endometriosis. However, many patients are using it without medical supervision and this could have detrimental effects, especially in terms of drug interactions and the tapering or cessation of other medications without supervision. …

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Mindfullness Can Hep Reduce Endometriosis Pain

A brief mindfulness-based intervention can be useful in managing pain related to endometriosis and restoring patients’ psychological well-being, found a new study published in the European Journal of Pain. This finding contributes to the applicability of mindfulness-based interventions in people living with chronic pain. Endometriosis can cause debilitating pain and have a great negative impact on the quality of life of women living with it. Although laparoscopic deep excision surgery, the gold standard endometriosis treatment, can alleviate pain symptoms in…

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Quality of Life Is Negatively Correlated With Anxiety and Depression in Endometriosis

The quality of life of endometriosis patients is negatively correlated with anxiety and depression according to a new study published in the scientific journal Frontiers in Psychology. Based on this finding, the authors of the study suggest that improving patients' quality of life may help them “relieve their unhealthy emotions”. In order to analyze the effect of quality of life on unhealthy emotions and identify factors that may be relevant to supporting the clinical care of patients, a team of…

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