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Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue that is normally only in your uterus grows outside of the uterus. Endometriosis causes tissue that should be shed during a monthly period to grow on your ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, or other organs. Organs and tissue may stick together and cause inflammation and pain.

Female Reproductive System

What increases my risk for endometriosis?

The cause of endometriosis may not be known. Any of the following may increase your risk:

What are the signs and symptoms of endometriosis?

How is endometriosis diagnosed?

Your healthcare provider will examine you and ask you questions about other medical conditions you may have. He or she may ask about your menstrual history, pregnancies, and if you have a family member with endometriosis. You may also have one or more of the following tests:

How is endometriosis treated?

Treatment options

The following list of medications are related to or used in the treatment of this condition.

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How can I manage my symptoms?

Where can I find more information?

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

Care Agreement

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