Gynecology - Endometriosis
Endometriosis is a problem many women have during childbearing years. While the lining of the uterus (endometrium) normally grows inside the uterine cavity, in endometriosis this tissue grows in other areas of the pelvis. This does not always cause symptoms, and it is usually not dangerous.
However, in some women, endometriosis can cause problems. This can include: infertility, abnormal menstrual cycles, painful periods and pain with intercourse.
Endometriosis can be diagnosed with a thorough medical history and there may also be clues during a physical exam. The gold standard for diagnosis is surgical procedure called a laparoscopy.