You’ve probably heard it mentioned, but what exactly is endometriosis?

The endometrium is another word for the lining of the womb that gets shed every month as part of the menstrual flow. Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the type that grows inside the womb starts growing elsewhere in the body.

The body will try to get rid of the tissue but because it has nowhere to go, it can cause a lot of serious pain. Women have described it like “a demon tearing its way out of my pelvis” and “an elephant wearing stilettos, stomping on my womb”.

The misplaced tissue is often found growing in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, inside the lining of the abdomen and even in the bowel or bladder [1]. However the effects that it can have aren’t just physical. “For me, endometriosis has taken its toll both mentally and emotionally”, one woman told us. This is especially difficult given the current world situation, which has made getting access to treatments more challenging than usual.

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