Endometriosis is a common but little-known chronic disease where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is found outside the uterus; usually on the ovaries, uterus, bladder, and bowel.

 

The tissue outside the uterus acts like the tissue lining the uterus— it thickens, breaks down and bleeds with each menstrual cycle. However, the endometriosis tissue has no way to exit the body therefore it becomes trapped. 

The trapped tissue forms bands of fibrous scar tissue between organs, these are called adhesions.

Endometriosis symptoms can include:

  • bad or even excruciating period pain

  • heavy bleeding

  • nausea and vomiting

  • pain with bowel movements or urination

  • infertility

  • pain with intercourse

  • diarrhoea and constipation

  • pain in your lower back and down your legs, and

  • fatigue.

The cause of endometriosis is not known and sadly there is currently no cure. However, treatments are available. A medical specialist should be able to discuss these with you.

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