What is endometriosis?
Dr. Jodi Turano
From celebrities to your next door neighbor, more than five
million women in the United States have been diagnosed with endometriosis.
This common health problem occurs when tissue that lines the
uterus or womb grows outside of the uterus on other organs or structures in the
You might be more likely to get endometriosis if you have:
- Never had children
- Menstrual periods that last more than seven days
- Short menstrual cycles (27 days or less)
- A family member (mother, aunt, sister) with endometriosis
- A health problem that prevents normal passage of menstrual
- Damage to cells in the pelvis from an infection
Endometriosis can be painful and can interfere with your
life. Many treatments can control the symptoms, from non-steroidal
anti-inflammatory drugs to oral contraceptives to surgical options that
increase fertility. Medicine can relieve your pain. When endometriosis causes
fertility problems, surgery can boost your chances of getting pregnant.