Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus grow outside of the uterus, often causing discomfort, especially during your period. Endometriosis may affect the ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining the pelvis. The most common symptom is pain, which normally occurs in the pelvis. The pain will often increase over time, and is more severe during the menstrual period. You may also notice pain with bowel movements and urination as well as pain during intercourse. During periods, you may experience heavier-than-usual bleeding, as well as bleeding between periods. Treatment of Endometriosis will usually combine medication with surgery, with the later being a last resort option, with less invasive options such as pain medication being the first and preferred option. Pain medication will normally include over-the-counter pain relief or anti-inflammatory drugs such as Advil, which can significantly reduce the painful symptoms of Endometriosis.
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