What are endometriosis implants?

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Endometriosis implants occur in a condition called endometriosis, when the endometrial (inside) lining of the uterus is found in other locations of the body. Endometriosis implants are small parts of endometrial tissue that implant into another type of tissue, such as the ovaries.
Endometrial implants refer to displaced endometrial tissue throughout the abdominal and pelvic area. Any endometrial tissue found outside of the uterus is called an implant. An endometrial implant can develop cysts and scar tissue and, in rare cases, turn cancerous.

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Endometriosis

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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