According to the Endometriosis Foundation of America, endometriosis affects 176 million women worldwide, and 1 in 10 females in in the U.S. are suffering from the condition.
Endometriosis is a very serious disease that causes abnormal cell growth outside of your uterus. When you have endometriosis, the endometrium lining can attach to your uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes, where it starts abnormally growing. The more it grows, the more severe the symptoms.
Some women never experience symptoms of endometriosis, but other women experience pelvic and low back pain, painful intercourse, painful urination, painful bowel movements, heavy menstrual cycle, long periods, nausea or vomiting, and infertility.
Why is endometriosis often missed as a diagnosis?
Lauren Streicher, MD, shares everything you need to know about endometriosis and why it's so important to know the warning signs.