Endometriosis is the growth of endometrial tissue—which normally
lines the uterus—in other parts of the body. Endometriosis typically grows in
the abdominal cavity and most often attaches to the ovaries, fallopian tubes,
outer surface of the uterus, bowels, or other abdominal organs.
Endometriosis growths, called implants or lesions, often bleed
during menstruation, causing pain. They may also develop scar tissue
(adhesions) that can interfere with an organ's normal function. Scar tissue can
also cause pain and trouble becoming pregnant (infertility).
Endometriosis can be treated with medicines or with surgery to
remove implants and scar tissue.
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