When a woman has her period, the lining of the womb is shed, resulting in monthly bleeding. Endometriosis is a condition where cells/tissue similar to that found in the womb grows in places outside of the womb, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes. Each month these cells act like those in the womb, meaning that they build up, break down and bleed. Unfortunately, unlike in the womb, these cells have nowhere to go and this can lead to inflammation, pain and the formation of scar tissue.
Endometriosis can affect women of any age, including teenagers. It’s a chronic condition that can persist even after menopause. The cause of endometriosis is unknown, although there are many theories.
Talking to you healthcare professional about endometriosis
If you think you may have endometriosis, and it’s interfering with your everyday life, it may be time to speak with a doctor or nurse.
Though there’s currently no cure for endometriosis, there are different treatments available that could help alleviate some of your symptoms. Working in partnership with your healthcare team is the best way to determine which treatment is best for you.