Each month (if a woman is not pregnant) the body sheds the mucus membranes that line the uterus, resulting in the blood flow we know as menstruation/periods. For most women, periods are a sign that the body is working as it should be.
For 5-10% of all women however, periods are associated with great pain, caused by a condition called endometriosis. A female with endometriosis has tissue just like that lining the uterus, but she has it in other places too, most commonly within the pelvic region. When the body tries to shed this tissue, the blood has nowhere to go if it’s in the wrong place. This may lead to inflammation and sometimes to the formation of scars or cysts.
Endometriosis can be very painful. If you suspect that you have endometriosis, book an appointment with your doctor or gynaecologist to find out more and discuss the ways you can soothe the pain associated with the condition.
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