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What is en­dometrio­sis? En­dometrio­sis is a med­i­cal con­di­tion that oc­curs when tis­sue sim­i­lar to the lin­ing of the uterus, called the en­dometrium, grows in other places out­side of the uterus, such as around the fal­lop­ian tubes, ovaries or along the pelvis.

Symp­toms in­clude pain with pe­ri­ods, bowel prob­lems, painful in­ter­course, sub­fer­til­ity or in­fer­til­ity, tired­ness and low en­ergy, pain in other places such as the lower back, and ab­nor­mal men­strual bleed­ing.

En­dometrio­sis is a com­mon in­flam­ma­tory dis­ease es­ti­mated to af­fect 176 mil­lion girls and women world­wide in their re­pro­duc­tive years, and 120,000 in New Zealand. This means that roughly 1 in 10 women in New Zealand will have en­dometrio­sis.

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