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Endometriosis is one of the most common gynecological diseases, affecting more than 5.5 million women in North America. An estimated 2 percent to 10 percent of women of reproductive age have endometriosis.
Symptoms can include:
In most cases, the symptoms of endometriosis become milder after menopause because the growths begin to get smaller.
There are several ways to treat pain, including:
Hormone treatments and surgery may help women who are unable to become pregnant. There are also other treatments for infertility associated with endometriosis.
For more information about treatments, check out the Are there treatments for endometriosis? section of the NICHD publication Endometriosis.
This information has been provided by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (part of the National Institutes of Health)
Last Update: 02/16/2007