For my STEAM project topic, I decided to research endometriosis. My cousin has this disease and takes birth control to treat it and I wondered how that worked. There isn’t an answer to how the disease begins, but I found that endometriosis is dependent on estrogen and produces its own source of the hormone allowing it to grow on the outside of the uterus, fallopian tubes, ovaries, and in rare cases, other organs in the body. I also wanted to highlight that although endometriosis is made of tissue very similar to the endometrium layer in the uterus, the inside of the uterus is unaffected by the disease. That’s why in my painting, half of the uterus is open to show the inside and the three tissue layers.