March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. It’s a great time to bring attention to a condition that’s been far too often overlooked or misdiagnosed. Many women search years to find answers for the pain or infertility they experience with endometriosis.
What is endometriosis? This condition occurs when tissue similar to that lining the uterus (endometrial tissue) is found outside the uterus, ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, or intestines. Although its cause isn’t clear, some researchers think endometriosis may happen after endometrial tissue from menstrual flow travels backwards through the fallopian tubes and out into the pelvic cavity. As this tissue grows in the pelvis, a variety of biochemical and immune changes occur, but it’s not clear which are the causes and which are the result of the disease.1,2