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Innovations in Endometriosis Diagnosis, Pelvic Pain Management, and Patient Support | Margaret Melville

Listen to Margaret Melville of Lasa Health discuss the resources and technology available for early endometriosis diagnosis, pelvic pain management, and patient support.

Episode Summary

In this first episode of Fempower Health’s four-part series on endometriosis, Margaret Melville of Lasa Health joins to discuss this underrepresented condition. Margaret transformed her decade-long struggle with endometriosis and celiac disease into a mission to improve women’s healthcare today. She talks about the alarming shortage of OB-GYNs and primary care providers who have specialized training in endometriosis and the importance of early diagnosis of endometriosis to manage this progressive disease. 

We explore common misconceptions and myths about endometriosis, the dangers of false cures, and the importance of patient advocacy and clinician education. We also cover the many applications of Lasa Health, a technology platform designed for women with chronic pelvic pain. This conversation is a must-listen for anyone looking to understand the complexities of endometriosis and pelvic pain or find endometriosis support.

Key Takeaways 

  • The importance of early diagnosis for effective management of endometriosis and prevention of chronic pain or organ loss

  • The need for clinicians to educate themselves and their patients about endometriosis, self-advocacy, and treatment options

  • Margaret’s background in global health innovation and the founding of Lasa Health, which improves diagnosis and pain management of endometriosis through technology and education

  • Real-life applications of AI in improving patient care quality

  • Systemic issues in healthcare that hinder effective diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis

  • False “cures” of endometriosis to be aware of

  • The future of endometriosis care, including further innovation and community advocacy

  • A preview of upcoming episodes, including interviews with endometriosis specialists, advocates, and surgeons

"You have bias and you have years of things being done a certain way that we're fighting against. Getting doctors and healthcare administrators who are so busy and have so many [responsibilities]... Getting them to care about pelvic pain, or changing the way things are done at their hospital or clinic to improve care for pelvic pain patients, that is a monumental hurdle." - Margaret Melville

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Guest Bio

Margaret Melville is the CEO & Cofounder of Lasa Health. She suffered from pelvic pain for over a decade and visited 25 doctors before finally being diagnosed with endometriosis and celiac disease. Margaret previously worked at USAID's Global Health Center for Innovation and co-founded a medical device startup. She has an MBA from INSEAD. She is passionate about using AI / ML to revolutionize the way we diagnose and care for women with chronic health conditions.