Endometriosis is a condition in which the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus over the tubes, ovaries and the lining of the pelvis. The result of this growth causes pain associated with intercourse and menses. The pain can be chronic causing difficulty with school, work and home life. The diagnosis is usually made before the age of forty affecting 6–10% of women. There is no cure for endometriosis however treatments focuses around symptoms. Heating pads, pain relievers, and rest can alleviate these symptoms, however some women may be prescribed a hormonal birth control, or another medication to help alleviate the pain. These symptoms can be severe for some women.
You may be eligible to participate in a study, if you:
- Experience painful menstrual cycles
- Have heavy bleeding during your period