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How does endometriosis affect your menstrual cycle?

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This tissue behaves like normal endometrial tissue -- it builds up and breaks down with your menstrual cycle -- but it can't be shed like normal endometrial tissue during your period. As a result, endometriosis can cause irritation, inflammation, and the formation of scar tissue. This buildup of tissue can prevent the eggs from getting out of the ovaries or being fertilized by sperm. It can also scar and block the fallopian tubes, preventing the egg and sperm from meeting.

From: Endometriosis and Fallopian Tube Problems WebMD Medical Reference

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News release, Norgenix Pharmaceuticals, LLC. American Society for Reproductive Medicine web site. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists web site. WebMD Fertility Center web site. 


Human Reproduction Update, July-August 2002. The Infertility Workupand Understanding Treatment Options, RESOLVE online. The Merck Manual, Seventeenth Edition, 2000. The Fertility Handbook: A Guide to Getting Pregnant , Addicus Books, 2002. U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services,
Endometriosis, September 2002.



Reviewed by Nivin Todd on October 17, 2018

SOURCES:

News release, Norgenix Pharmaceuticals, LLC. American Society for Reproductive Medicine web site. American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists web site. WebMD Fertility Center web site. 


Human Reproduction Update, July-August 2002. The Infertility Workupand Understanding Treatment Options, RESOLVE online. The Merck Manual, Seventeenth Edition, 2000. The Fertility Handbook: A Guide to Getting Pregnant , Addicus Books, 2002. U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services,
Endometriosis, September 2002.



Reviewed by Nivin Todd on October 17, 2018

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