According to Endometriosis Research Center, Endometriosis is an often-painful disease that affects an estimated 176 million women around the world. Endometriosis is a disease that only affects women in which endometrial-like tissue is found outside of the uterus in other parts of the body. The disease is mistakenly stigmatized as “painful periods,” and is far more than just “killer cramps.”

Symptoms include:

  • Pain (usually in the pelvic area) that typically occurs just before menstruation and lessens after menstruation
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Cramping during intercourse
  • Cramping or pain during bowel movements or urination
  • Infertility
  • Pain with pelvic examinations

Pain and intensity of pain can vary month to month for different individuals. Some individuals report progressive worsening of pain, while others report resolution without any treatment.

Here are a few facts and statistics about endometriosis…