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Endometriosis is a condition in which endometrial tissue is found outside the uterus. It is 'trapped' in the pelvic area and lower tummy (abdomen) and, rarely, in other areas in the body.
Endometriosis can cause symptoms which vary from one woman to another. Consult a doctor immediately if you experience sudden, severe lower abdomen or pelvic pain. Consult a doctor with an appointment if you have symptoms suggestive of endometriosis such as are painful or heavy periods, pain in the lower abdomen, pelvis or lower back, pain during sex, heavy bleeding or bleeding in between periods and infertility.
Endometriosis is a common painful disorder which occurs when normal endometrial tissue (tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus) grows outside the uterus. Symptoms of endometriosis vary in severity from mild to severe. Fortunately in most women it can be successfully managed with medications and if needed surgery.
Expected course of endometriosis is not clear. The endometrial lesions may remain unchanged and cause no symptoms without in some women whereas others may have progressive worsening of symptoms. Response to medical treatment is also variable.