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  1. This STEAM project aims to gain a more detailed understanding of endometriosis, which is tied to unit nine when we learned about the female reproductive system. Endometriosis is a disorder that causes tissue that usually lines the uterus to grow outside of the uterus. This condition affects 11% of women between fifteen to forty-four. The symptoms of endometriosis can differ depending on what stage of endometriosis the patient is in. The most common symptoms associated with endometriosis are painful menstrual cycles, lower back, and abdominal pain, soreness during intercourse, distress with bowel movements or urination, excessive bleeding during menstrual cycles and between periods, infertility, fatigue, diarrhea, and constipation.
    The artwork used for this project is a hand-drawn picture of the female reproductive organs in the four stages of endometriosis to depict the progression of endometriosis in each stage. As you can tell by the drawing of different stages of endometriosis, stage one is very mild, with only a few superficial lesions present. In stage two, the reproductive organs contain more lesions, and ovarian endometriomas become present. Stage three contains more deep infiltrating endometriosis lesions. In stage four, the most severe patients will have ovarian cysts, scar tissue becomes present, and endometriosis often starts to form in other areas of the body, such as the lung and bladder.
    The STEAM project on endometriosis was a great topic to choose to expand one’s knowledge of the female reproductive system. Endometriosis disorder was unknown to me before reading Madison’s paper on endometriosis. The most exciting fact about endometriosis is the current lack of understanding as to what causes endometriosis.

    Steven Collatz

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