Endometriosis occurs when cells similar to those that line the uterus are found in other parts of the body, commonly a woman's pelvic and reproductive organs. Endometriosis, pronounced end-o-me-tree-oh-sis or just endo , is a progressive, chronic condition where cells similar to those that line the uterus the endometrium are found in other parts of the body. Studies suggest that endometriosis affects 1 in 10 women of reproductive age, with an estimated million women worldwide having the condition. Endometrial cells found outside the uterus grow to form lesions or patches that bleed and leak fluid in response to your hormones at the time of the period. This leads to inflammation and scarring.
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