Endometriosis is a chronic condition that affects the tissue lining the uterus (the endometrium). In endometriosis, this tissue grows outside of the uterus and can attach to the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and other organs in the pelvis.
Symptoms of endometriosis can include severe pain during menstrual periods, pain during sex, and difficulty getting pregnant. The exact cause of endometriosis is unknown, but it is thought to be related to a combination of hormonal and genetic factors.
Treatment of endometriosis typically involves medications to manage pain and hormones to reduce the growth of endometrial tissue. In some cases, surgery may be necessary to remove the endometrial tissue that has grown outside of the uterus.
It is important for women with endometriosis to work with their healthcare provider to manage their symptoms and maintain their overall health. This may include regular check-ups, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and seeking support from friends, family, and support groups.
Endometriosis is often missed and is worth considering if you find you are having a lot of pain with your periods.