Endometriosis is a common medical condition that many women have during childbearing years in which endometrial cells (the cells that line the uterus) are deposited in areas outside the uterus. These “clumps” of tissue will typically grow to the outer wall of the uterus as well as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, intestines and in some cases other organs within the belly. Some women might have endometriosis and not be aware of it while others will experience cramping, abnormal bleeding and might even have a difficult time getting pregnant. The exact cause of endometriosis is not known, but the condition can be treated by a medical doctor and the symptoms will usually go away once menopause occurs.
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