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7 Silent Signs You Could Have Endometriosis

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What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis happens when tissue similar to the lining found inside of the uterus grows in other places in the body. Endometriosis is most commonly found on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the back part of the uterusbut endometrial tissues can potentially grow anywhere. Doctors have reported finding endometrial tissue in the abdomen, bladder, kidneys, lungs, and diaphragm, although these locations are much less common. In people with endometriosis, the endometrial tissue continues to act as it would as if still inside the uterus. The tissue growing on other organs still follows the menstrual cycle, swelling up and bleeding every month. While not life-threatening, endometriosis can be debilitating, causing painful periods, infertility, bloating, painful sex, and other problems.

There are several theories about what causes endometriosis; the most common is Sampsons Theory, also known as retrograde menstruation. During retrograde menstruation, endometrial cells get out of the uterus through the fallopian tubes and implant on tissues inside the abdomen, says Gretchen Glaser, MD, a physician in gynecologic surgery at Mayo Clinic in Minnesota.

Pay attention to these endometriosis symptoms and talk to your doctor if youre concerned.

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