Endometriosis occurs when the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus, called the endometrium, grows outside your uterus. Endometriosis impacts 10% of all women, a total of 176 million women worldwide. Symptoms can range from no pain at all, just infertility, pain and heavy bleeding only during menstrual periods and disabling pain 24/7. There is no cure and diagnosis may take up to a decade.
Endometriosis can be found growing in the ovaries, bowels or pelvis, but occasionally grows in the lungs, brain and other areas. Endometriosis sheds similarly to uterine lining, causing bleeding and pain in organs during the menstrual period. Severe endometriosis can cause adhesions and scar tissue. Organs to attach to each other or the spine, causing severe pain and reducing mobility permanently.