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What is endometriosis?

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Endometriosis is when tissue that should line the inside of your uterus, the endometrium, grows outside of it instead. It still acts like it's inside during your menstrual cycles, so at the end of your period, this tissue will break apart and bleed. But it has no place to go.

It causes pain and cramping, which can sometimes be severe, especially during your period. Endometriosis can create problems when you want to have a baby.

From: Endometriosis WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on February 12, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 2/12/2019

SOURCES: Cleveland Clinic Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

National Institutes of Health.

Mayo Clinic: “Endometriosis.”

Endometriosis.org: “Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on February 12, 2019

SOURCES: Cleveland Clinic Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

National Institutes of Health.

Mayo Clinic: “Endometriosis.”

Endometriosis.org: “Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on February 12, 2019

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