Endometriosis is where tissue similar to the lining found in the uterus implants itself in places outside of the uterus. It can be found on the outside of the uterus, the uterine ligaments, the bladder, the bowels, fallopian tubes, the ovaries, and is often very painful. It can only be diagnosed through surgery, there are yet to be any definitive scans or blood tests used for diagnosis.
An estimated 176 million women around the world suffer from this debilitating disease. That is 1 in 10 in the United States and 1 in 8 in the United Kingdom with an average of a 10 year delay for a diagnosis of Endometriosis.