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What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a common condition that affects women during their child-bearing years. It occurs when cells that line the womb grow in areas outside the womb. These cells grow and shed in response to hormones that regulate a woman's menstrual cycle. This can lead to tissue growths and scarring around organs in the lower abdomen.

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Author: Kellie Heywood
First answered: 18 Sep 2014
Last reviewed: 19 May 2018
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Category: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS)

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