Presented by: RIVKA ZLATKIN
What is endometriosis? Endometriosis (pronounced en- doh – mee – tree – oh – sis) is the name given to the condition where cells like the ones in the lining of the womb (uterus) are found elsewhere in the body.
Endometriosis is a disease of menstruation. It occurs when tissue similar to the lining of the uterus, endometrium, migrate outside of the womb, where the tissue should not be. The result is inflammation, as the tissue responds to the monthly fluctuations of a woman's menstrual cycle (ie. building up but then breaking down and bleeding without leaving the body as it does from the uterus through the vagina, but travelling back through the fallopian tubes and then leaving them travelling all through the body – they can even sometimes be found as far as the brain – and then continuing to build up and break down throughout the menstrual cycle). It is a chronic and debilitating condition that causes painful or heavy periods. It may also lead to infertility, fatigue and bowel and bladder problems. The disease affects an estimated 200 million women worldwide, and many women often experience a decade-long delay in diagnosis. Endometriosis can affect all women and girls of a childbearing age, regardless of race or ethnicity. Currently, there is no known cause of endometriosis, and there is no cure.