More than 6.5 million women in the U.S. have endometriosis, a painful condition that can cause fertility issues and make everyday life a challenge.
Although there is no cure for endometriosis, it is treatable.
Endometriosis is when tissue similar to the inner lining of the uterus (endometrium) grows outside the uterus. As the tissue accumulates, it can cause pelvic pain, irregular menstrual cycles, painful intercourse and lead to difficulty conceiving children, explains Tidelands Health OB/GYN Dr. Monica Selander, who practices at the Georgetown and Holmestown Road locations of Tidelands Health OB/GYN.
“It actually can be present anywhere in the body,” Dr. Selander says. “And it causes pain in the area where it’s located, especially during a woman’s menstrual cycle because the tissue is responding to the hormones released during her cycle.”