Endometriosis Pain – Causes and Symptoms

Endometriosis pain is very real for many of the over 5.5 million North American women who suffer from this disease. An interesting fact about endometriosis is that the amount of endometrial cells living outside a woman's uterus has little bearing on how much pain she may have.

Women with extensive adhesions may experience very little pain while women with few endometrial adhesions may suffer severe pain. To get more information about endometriosis symptoms, you can simply click at https://endometriosisassn.org/about-endometriosis/endometriosis-symptoms.

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But what exactly is endometriosis and why does it cause painful symptoms?

Endometriosis is a disease caused by endometrial cells that enter a woman's stomach. These cells originate from the endometrium, the lining of the uterus. The main function of the endometrium is to provide a nutrient-rich bed for a fertilized egg that can build up inside the uterine wall.

Each month the walls of the endometrium accumulate with blood and other nutrient-rich tissues. When the fertilized egg is implanted, pregnancy begins; otherwise the endometrium will separate from the uterine wall and exit the uterus during a woman's period.

In some women, this endometrial tissue has migrated to the abdominal cavity and, in rare cases, to other parts of the body. These cells implant in the reproductive organs and other organs in the stomach. They can be found on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, back of the uterus and intestines, and the bladder. In rare cases, endometriosis can also affect the lungs, skin and other areas of the body.