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.