Tissue that is similar to the lining of the womb can begin to grow in other areas such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes in women with endometriosis, which can lead to many different complications.
Endometriosis is a condition that affects roughly 10% of all females of reproductive age. Endometriosis causes tissue to grow in the ovaries and fallopian tubes which can lead to severe vaginal, period or pelvic pain, constipation, nausea, diarrhoea and difficulties during pregnancy. Although currently the root cause of endometriosis has not yet been established, scientists theorise it could be as a result of genetics, issues within the immune system, irregularities in endometrium cell activity, or a combination of these factors.
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