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What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is when tissue similar to the lining of a uterus or womb grows outside where it doesn’t belong. Endometriosis can cause a list of serious complications, including infertility in the worst-case scenario.

The diagnosis for endometriosis is a lengthy and tiring process that often involves a lot of tests, emotions and misdiagnosis along the way. This can cause a lot of stress for the person who has it. It is also one of the most underfunded diseases in the world.

According to an article called “Endometriosis often ignored as millions of American women suffer” in The Guardian, reporter Jessica Glanza states “Where diabetes received more than $1billion in funding each year from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), last year endometriosis received just $7 m. That is down from $14m in 2011. To put that into perspective, for each person believed to have diabetes in the United States, the NIH spends $35.66 annually. For each woman with endometriosis, the NIH spends $0.92.”

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June 2021-August 2021 

Team Members:
Shantia Cross, Simon Chen 

Tools Used:
Figma, Invision, Google Forms, Google Slides, Miro, Canva 

Problem Definition

People who have endometriosis lack the emotional and physical security they need to freely
participate in open discussions about their mental health. Therefore, they choose to keep the stress to themselves.

Problem Defintion

“Endo” is a community-based platform for users with endometriosis, so they can come together to discuss their symptoms and their journey, in hopes to create a safe space for people to talk about their experiences and to better their mental health. It will also have a subscription service for users to subscribe to their own therapist that will help them create healthy habits and encourage positive thinking surrounding endometriosis.

The idea of Endo is to turn a taboo topic into an open discussion that in turn makes people who are feeling isolated and stressed from having endometriosis, feel supported and confident in themselves and encourage them to advocate for their health.

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The Research
The research

These are some of the low-fidelity wireframes of the main components. The focus is given to community threads and the therapist section. Shortcuts and other quick links were also added to the bottom navigation of the homepage to allow users to move around quicker on the platform and not consult the menu as much.

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