Endometriosis is a condition that occurs when the uterine tissue grows not only in the interior of the uterus but in other areas, such as the fallopian tubes, ovaries and the bowels, according to WebMD. During the women's menstrual cycle, the tissue will "break down" and become painful.
Women who have endometriosis are usually first alerted to the problem when they feel pain while having sex, during their period, when urinating, when defecating or find that they have prolonged bleeding during periods, according to Mayo Clinic. Women may also have symptoms such as constipation, nausea, fatigue, bloating or diarrhea. In some cases, women will not experience many symptoms until they attempt to get pregnant and find that they have fertility issues, which are related to endometriosis.
Endometriosis is a condition that more than 5 million American women have and is most common in women who are in the 30 to 50 age range, writes the United States Department of Health and Human Services. If a women believes that she might have endometriosis then it is best to visit a doctor as soon as possible so treatment can begin. In many cases, treatment can help patients deal with the pain while the body recovers, though it rarely eliminates the problem completely.