What is endometriosis?

Dr. Heather Hilkowitz talks about endometriosis. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Endometriosis is a condition that affects one in ten women between the ages of 30 and 40, and occurs when the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus, according to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: American College of Obstetricians and GynecologistsOff Site Icon. The displaced tissue affects areas in the abdomen, commonly the fallopian tubes, ovaries, bladder, and intestines. Women who have endometriosis may have difficulty getting pregnant, according to the ACOG.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s HealthOff Site Icon, estimates that endometriosis affects about five million women in the United States. Endometriosis can be painful, and while there is no cure, there are several treatment options available, according to HHS.

For more information about endometriosis, talk to your doctor.

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