Endometriosis Information for Young Women
Endometriosis occurs in females only. A woman’s uterus is lined by tissue called the endometrium. In endometriosis, this tissue grows in other places of the body such as the ovaries, bladder or bowels.
Symptoms of endometriosis include:
- Severe pain in the stomach and pelvic areas
- Heavy and/or painful periods
- Pain during or after sex
The only way to be sure you have endometriosis is through laparoscopic surgery, which involves inserting a camera into the stomach area. This allows surgeons to look at the your reproductive organs and inspect for tissue growth outside the uterus.
The cause of endometriosis is not known and there is no available cure. Fortunately, there are a variety of treatment options. Three of the most common treatments are:
- Pain medications
- Hormone therapy
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