12 Fast Facts About Endometriosis

Endometriosis affects millions of women around the world and can cause debilitating pain and suffering. But what do we know about the disease? We’ve put together a list of 12 fast facts about endometriosis with help from wtop.com.

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  • It can run in families.
  • The pain level differs from woman to woman, with some women experiencing extreme pain.
  • Some women may also suffer from abdominal bloating.
  • Pregnancy may relieve the symptoms of endometriosis.
  • Others may find it difficult to become pregnant due to the disease.
  • Lesions are mostly found in the pelvic region.
  • The lesions can grow very large and can affect nerve tissue.
  • Lesions can also be found in the abdomen and in extreme cases, as far as the lungs or brain.
  • The lesions can lead to cysts and pelvic adhesions.
  • Endometriosis is fueled by the hormone estrogen.
  • Lesions need to be excised by specialist surgeons to bring pain relief.
  • It can take up to 10 years for women to be diagnosed with the disease.

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