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Endometriosis occurs when the tissue that normally lines your uterus (the endometrium) begins to grow in other places in the pelvis. This tissue normally sheds as menstrual flow every month.  However, for some women, this tissue is shed into the abdominal and pelvic cavity (through the fallopian tubes).  These endometrial cells can then grow on your fallopian tubes, ovaries and other pelvic organs such as the bladder or the bowel.

Endometriosis implants can respond to your natural hormonal cycles.  It can cause pain and abnormal bleeding, especially during the menstrual cycle.  When it implants on other organs, it can cause, inflammation, bowel dysfunction, rectal bleeding and painful urination.  Endometriosis can cause ovarian cysts if it implants on the ovaries and it may even cause infertility.

What causes endometriosis is unknown, but researchers believe that women get endometriosis because of a combination of possible factors.  These potential causes include back flow of menstrual blood through the tubes (retrograde menstruation), a faulty immune system that does not clear out these abnormal cells and genetic factors or familial pre-disposition.

If you think you are experiencing symptoms of endometriosis, contact our practice at 407.303.2780 to schedule an appointment.