What is Endometriosis?
The word endometriosis comes from the word endometrium. This refers to the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus (womb)
Endometriosis occurs when the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus, grows outside the uterus in places that it is not supposed to grow, usually on the surfaces of organs in the pelvic and abdominal cavity
Endometriosis is a common condition that affects up to 10% of all women during their child-bearing years.
The two most common symptoms of endometriosis are
The most common types of pain experienced by woman who have endometriosis are:
– Severe menstrual cramps
– Chronic pelvic pain
– Painful intercourse
Pain can be so intense that it can affect a woman’s quality of life possibly impairing social and professional functioning during what would otherwise be a very productive period in her life.
Infertility and Endometriosis:
Some women may only find out they have endometriosis when they seek medical help after struggling to fall pregnant. Sometimes infertility may be the only symptom although not all women with endometriosis will be infertile.