Joe Connolly watched his mom struggle for years. She would vomit from such extreme pain during her periods. She also suffered at the hands of the doctors who repeatedly dismissed her.

“She was basically told to take some Ibuprofen and tough it out,” he said.

Her first and only option after about 25 years of suffering was to get a hysterectomy. She had endometriosis, which affects about 10% of reproductive-age women and girls around the world, according to the World Health Organization.

That experience of doctors dismissing her wasn’t unique, and the original thesis behind Visana Health was to provide better care for women with complex gynecological conditions like endometriosis and fibroids.

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