What are endometriosis?

  • (noun): The presence of endometrium elsewhere than in the lining of the uterus; causes premenstrual pain and dysmenorrhea.
    Synonyms: adenomyosis


Endometriosis is a gynecological medical condition in which cells from the lining of the uterus (endometrium) appear and flourish outside the uterine cavity, most commonly on the peritoneum which lines the abdominal cavity. The uterine cavity is lined with endometrial cells, which are under the influence of female hormones. Endometrial-like cells in areas outside the uterus (endometriosis) are influenced by hormonal changes and respond in a way that is similar to the cells found inside the uterus. Symptoms often worsen with the menstrual cycle.

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Some articles on endometriosis:

Mary Lou Ballweg
... is the president and executive director of the Endometriosis Association, an organization she cofounded in 1980 that promotes awareness of and education regarding the disease ... She helped establish the world’s first research registry for endometriosis ... was responsible for a major breakthrough in research in 1992 linking dioxin to endometriosis for the first time, helped develop groundbreaking work on cancer and endometriosis, and ...
Health First Europe - Members - Individual Members
... Birch - Chair of an independent support group for endometriosis and pelvic pain patients founding member of the Endometriosis All Party Parliamentary Group in the UK and of the European ...
Dienogest - Indications - Endometriosis
... Dienogest is also approved in the European Union for the treatment of endometriosis ... as leuprorelin, which is a second line medication against endometriosis ...
Female Infertility - Causes and Factors - By Anatomic Location - Tubal (ectopic)/peritoneal Factors
... Endometriosis Endometriosis can lead to anatomical distortions and adhesions (the fibrous bands that form between tissues and organs following recovery from an injury) ... However, the link between infertility and endometriosis remains enigmatic when the extent of endometriosis is limited ... to gametes or embryos, or, alternatively, endometriosis may more likely develop in women who fail to conceive for other reasons and thus be a secondary ...
Endometriosis - Epidemiology
... Endometriosis can affect any female, from premenarche to postmenopause, regardless of race or ethnicity or whether or not they have had children ...