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Endometriosis affects an estimated 176 million woman around the globe, many of whom remain undiagnosed with this painful condition. Major steps have been taken in recent years to bring awareness to women suffering from Endometriosis, with one cause in the forefront: Padma Laksmi and Tamer Seckin, M.D., a New York City-based ob-gyn, creation of the Endometriosis Foundation of America.

Awareness can often be gained with celebrities who are willing to speak out about an issue and shed light on what debilitating pain millions of women suffer through an a daily basis.

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After a diagnosis in 2006, Padma Lakshmi has crusaded a cause to bring awareness to Endometriosis with the creation of the Endometriosis Foundation of America (EFA). Since then, Padma has made major strides in getting the word out about this painful condition.

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In 2008, “Dancing With the Stars” Julianne Hough announced she had been diagnosed with endometriosis and even underwent surgery to remove an ovarian cyst (which was affected by the disease) as her case was more advanced.

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“The View’s” Whoopi Goldberg spoke about her experiences at Lakshmi’s 2009 Endometriosis Blossom Ball fundraiser.

picture of Tia Mowry

Actress Tia Mowry has publicly shared that she struggles with endometriosis for some time now. Read a blog post about her struggles with endometriosis.