Around 2 million women in the UK suffer from endometriosis, and although usually diagnosed between the ages of 25 and 40, teenagers can suffer as well. Endometriosis is when cells from the lining of the womb end up elsewhere in the reproductive or digestive system. These cells thicken and bleed just like in the vagina, and on a similar cycle! However, the key problem lies with these cells having no way of leaving the body, therefore causing pain and swelling. Although there is no cure, symptoms can be managed, but if left unchecked there may be difficulty in getting pregnant, and in extreme cases it can lead to organs fusing together. Not nice…
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