There's no cure for endometriosis and it can be difficult to treat. Treatment aims to ease symptoms so the condition does not interfere with your daily life.
Endometriosis is a long-term condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes.
Symptoms of endometriosis include pain in your lower tummy or back (pelvic pain), severe period pain and pain during or after sex.
Treatments for endometriosis include painkillers, hormone medicines and surgery to remove the endometriosis tissue.
It's not clear what causes endometriosis. It may be linked to things like your genes or a problem with your immune system.
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