Endometriosis: The Disease Impacting One in 10 Women

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In a recent article in Women’s Health, Dr. Sanjay Agarwal speaks about endometriosis, a condition where the endometrium, or tissue that normally lines the uterus, instead grows outside the uterus on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and even the bladder or rectum. It affects 10 to 15 percent of all women of reproductive age and 70 percent of women with chronic pelvic pain.

The article, which shares actress and dancer Julianne Hough’s struggle with endometriosis, discusses the challenges faced by women who suffer from it. Endometriosis causes chronic, long-term pelvic pain. The pain is typically worst during menstruation, but can also come with bowel movements or sexual activity. About a third of women with endometriosis have difficulties conceiving but there are treatment options available. According to Dr. Agarwal, it’s a common condition, but many women don’t receive treatment for up to 10 years.

Read the full article here.