Understanding Endometriosis: Signs and Causes

Endometriosis, which affects one in ten American women, is the most common of all the reproductive health conditions that affect women. Despite the fact that endometriosis is common, it can take a while for OB/GYNs or other well-woman care providers to diagnose. One reason for this may be that many women don't know what endometriosis is and assume they are a normal part of their menstrual cycle.

Women can be more informed about endometriosis and the symptoms it causes. This will help them to diagnose any issues quickly and accurately.

What causes endometriosis?

The tissue that lines the uterus is called the endometrium. The endometrium is the tissue that responds to a woman's hormones. It thickens in the abdomen in preparation for pregnancy. This lining will be shed during the monthly period if pregnancy does not occur. Endometriosis is when endometrium tissue grows out of the uterus. Although it's not known why researchers believe that this is due to the woman's hormones and her autoimmune system. Also, you can learn more about endometriosis causes via https://endometriosisassn.org/about-endometriosis/causes.

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Endometrial tissue can grow outside the uterus, the rectum, or pelvic floor, on the ligaments supporting it, on the fallopian tubes and ovaries. Although this tissue isn't in the uterus it responds to the woman's monthly hormone cycle. It grows in preparation for pregnancy and sheds when it doesn’t. This can cause an endometrial increase, which is a growth that occurs outside of the walls. Growth is simply scarring tissue that has merged and grown together. These growths can also be called implants, lesions, nodules, or tumors. These tumors are not cancerous and are considered benign.