What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a common condition, affecting at least one in 10 women at some point during their menstruating years. It's a condition that can affect you anytime from when your periods first start right up until the time you enter menopause. It involves tissues that normally line your uterus (the endometrium) growing in abnormal places around your pelvis and, more rarely, other parts of your body.

Read on to find out more about the symptoms, the science and the solutions.

The science of endometriosis

Could endometriosis be stopping me from falling pregnant?

Endometriosis is a common cause of infertility. That’s because the more severe cases of the condition can distort the ovaries and fallopian tubes and can cause the body to resist or reject foreign material – such as sperm. We also know that the growths produce a whole series of chemical substances (called cytokines or interleukins) that are thought to contribute to infertility. Under the influence of these chemicals, ovulation and egg quality may be impaired, sperm may not function so well and embryos can find it harder to implant.

Basically, endometriosis doesn't make for a fertility-friendly environment.

Diagnosing endometriosis
Overcoming endometriosis
Digging deeper