Endometriosis is a chronic and usually very painful disease. Affecting around 20% of women of menstruating age. Doctors don’t know why some women get this condition but there are several theories. This lack of knowledge means at present there is no medical cure for endometriosis. Yet, if we understand what is endometriosis, we can find ways to relieve the pain without drugs or surgery.
Specialised cells form the lining of the uterus, the endometrium. During the menstrual cycle these endometrial cells respond to changes in reproductive hormones. Under the influence of oestrogen the endometrium thickens and prepares for implantation of an embryo. If the woman does not become pregnant, menstruation begins and the endometrium is shed. [Read more…] about What is endometriosis?