Taking a Look at Endometriosis

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Endometriosis is a common disease that effects more than five million women in the United States per year. Any woman within childbearing age is at risk for this disease, but it is more common in women in their 30s and 40s. There are a number of theories that suggest the cause of the disease, but none of the theories have been proven. With no certainty on what causes the disease, there is also no cure for it however the symptoms of the disease can be treated.[1] Endometriosis derives it name from the inside lining of the uterus, which is known as the endometrium. The disease occurs when the endometrium begins to grow in regions outside the uterus. The most common areas affected are the ovaries, the fallopian tubes, the pelvic cavity and the outer surface of the uterus, but the disease is not restricted to these areas. In rare cases it has even been found in the lungs and the brain. Normally, the endometrium breaks down and is removed from the uterus via the vagina through the menstrual period. With endometriosis, the displaced endometrium degenerates but it has no means of exit: the endometrial tissue sheds into the body and often causes irritation, inflammation and scar tissue. [1,2] The causes of endometriosis are still unknown, but several possible theories have been developed. Endometriosis appears to have a familial component, caused by certain genes. It could also likely to be caused by a compromised immune system. Another theory states that over production of the

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