How does endometriosis affect the body?

Endometriosis affects the body by causing pelvic pain, which may be associated with periods or with sex. Additional symptoms may occur, but these depend upon the site of endometriosis.

Endometriosis can take a heavy toll on the body due to its various locations and aggravating symptoms. Because the endometrial tissue is widespread throughout the pelvic area, swelling and excess bleeding can be very painful. Occasionally, the buildup of tissue can cause cysts and scars to form. Also, endometriosis can cause infertility when it swells and blocks the eggs, organs, and sperm necessary for conception.

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Are you one of seven million women in the United States with endometriosis? If so, you may also be struggling with infertility. Endometriosis is a female reproductive disorder characterized by pelvic pain, inflammation and vaginal ...

bleeding. This painful condition can affect any female of menstruating age, although it is more likely to run in families. If you experience abnormal bleeding or pelvic pain, talk to your doctor. While there is no known cause, and no known cure for endometriosis, treatments do exist, including medications and surgery to reduce symptoms and restore fertility.

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