Welcome to the Endometriosis Network! Endometriosis is a baffling disease that affects millions of women worldwide. The EndoNetwork is created to help educate, support, and encourage the millions of girls, teens, and women who are afflicted with this disease. This site offers an abundance of information pertaining to Endometriosis. Endometriosis Network covers the disease in detail from symptoms to treatment options. Visit the message board if you would like an endometriosis related question answered or if you would just like some support. There are chats held weekly so that we can join together in discussing this disease. I have also compiled a comprehensive list of doctors in your area who treat endometriosis. There will also be a bimonthly EndoNetwork NewsLetter distributed to members. Click on Newsletter to join! There are many more features to the Endometriosis Network. Enjoy your visit and come back soon!
What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a disease that affects millions of women during their reproductive years. In women with endometriosis, the tissue lining the uterus (endometrium) that sheds every month is found in other areas outside of the uterus. This tissue that should be lining the uterus is found in places such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, cul de sac, the lining of the pelvic cavity, bowels, and bladder. Each month the displaced tissue behaves the same way as the endometrium would in a normal reproductive tract. During a women’s menstrual period, the lesions will bleed the same way normal uterine cells do. This excessive blood can create much irritation and damage to the surrounding areas.
The pain from endometriosis can be from minimal to severe. Though, there are women with severe endometriosis who suffer no physical pain. Their only symptom of endometriosis may be infertility. To me, infertility is possibly the worst symptom any women can endure. There really is no correlation between the amount of pain one experiences and the severity of the disease.