Endometriosis is a disorder in which endometrial tissue, which normally lines the inside of the uterus, grows outside of the uterus. Endometriosis commonly occurs in the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and other tissue lining the pelvis, although it can spread beyond the pelvic region. Despite the endometrial tissue’s displacement, it will continue to thicken, break down, and bleed with each menstrual cycle as if it were still in the uterus. However, because the displaced, broken down tissue is unable to leave the body, it can eventually irritate surrounding tissue and cause scar tissue and adhesions.

Symptoms Can Include:

  • Painful periods
  • Excessive bleeding
  • Painful intercourse
  • Painful bowel movements or urination
  • Infertility
  • Fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, and bloating or nausea during menstruation.

Several Risk Factors Include:

  • Never giving birth
  • An early menarche
  • Going through menopause at an older age
  • Short menstrual cycles (<27 days)
  • Low BMI
  • Higher levels of estrogen exposure
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Relatives with endometriosis (i.e. hereditary factors)

Participate in Research Studies for Women with Endometriosis

  • Receive study-related care and examinations at no cost to you
  • Study-related medications are at no cost to you if eligible
  • Compensation for your time and travel

You may qualify for a study if you are:

  • A premenopausal woman 18-49 years old
  • Diagnosed with endometriosis
  • Not using hormonal contraception or are willing to stop using hormonal contraception
  • Have not had any major surgery for endometriosis in the past 3 months

 

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