What is Endometriosis?
The basics of the condition
Endometriosis is a chronic inflammatory condition that is characterised by cells from the lining of the womb being deposited in various tissues in the body but mainly in the pelvis (ovaries, tubes, bladder, bowel). Up until now we don't know exactly what is causing the disease but we do know that it is hormone dependent.
It is estimated to affect 1 in 10 women of childbearing age and up to 1 in 2 women with fertility problems.
It is a benign (non-cancerous) condition.
Endometriosis can have a major impact on women's lives as it can have physical, sexual, psychological and social consequences.
On average it takes 7.5 years from the onset of symptoms to confirm the diagnosis and it costs the UK economy £8.2 billion a year in treatment and healthcare costs as well as lost working hours.