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What is Endometriosis?

So, what exactly is it? A condition, whereby the cells similar to those that line the uterus (the ‘endometrium’), grow in other locations such as organs in the pelvis or along the inside lining of the abdomen (called the ‘peritoneum’). When you’re ovulating, the endometrium thickens and then as our period arrives, the endometrium cells leave the body.

For those with endometriosis, the misplaced cells also thicken during ovulation. However, these misplaced cells that may be in the pelvic organs or stomach lining, don’t have the opportunity to leave the body when our period comes. Instead they bleed, cause inflammation and pain, and then finally heal.

Over time for those with endometriosis, scar tissue can form on the lining of the abdomen, causing the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes and bowel to stick to each other. Endometriosis can cause painful periods and may reduce fertility.


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