What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a common disorder involving a woman’s reproductive organs and pelvic area. Research demonstrates that 10 to 20% of American women of childbearing ages have endometriosis (NIDC). It occurs when endometrial tissue that normally lines the uterus is found in other areas of the body. Endometrial tissue has special qualities because it responds to changing hormones by becoming thickened and engorged with blood during each menstrual cycle. It is normally shed during the menstrual period if a pregnancy does not occur. In endometriosis this tissue is begins to grow in places outside the uterus. Typical areas include the fallopian tubes, intestines, vagina, rectum and potentially on scars from previous abdominal surgeries. Endometriosis results in inflammation, which contributes to the development of fascial restrictions or adhesions. These restrictions can result in significant pain.