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Endometriosis is a chronic condition where the endometrial cells which should only be found in the uterus, grow outside the uterus. These cells are deposited on the outer layers of the uterus like fallopian tubes, intestines, ovaries, pelvic walls, lungs, and others.

According to Nagawa Grace an Endo Warrior(living with the condition) and CEO of Endometriosis Foundation Uganda, during menstruation, blood will also be shed from the places where the endometrial cells are deposited and since it has no outlet in the new location, it settles in the surrounding tissues causing irritation, too much pain and scars which with time form masses in the different parts of the body.

This is a condition that 1 in every 10 women of reproductive age have and it’s one of the leading causes of infertility. It can be confirmed by having a simple surgery called laparoscopy where a small tissue is removed from the internal organs.

However, there a quite a number of signs and symptoms of endometriosis that include very painful periods and ovulation, bloating, nausea, vomiting, pelvic pain, painful sex, painful passing out of tools, and many others.

There is currently no cure for endometriosis and the real cause is not known. So the treatment given for this condition is basically to improve the quality of life of those living with it.

Written By Jucent Patience Nabbira

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