Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue similar to the lining inside the uterus (called “the endometrium”), is found outside the uterus, where it induces a chronic inflammatory reaction that may result in scar tissue. It is primarily found on the pelvic peritoneum, on the ovaries, in the recto-vaginal septum, on the bladder, and bowel.
The symptoms of endometriosis include painful periods, painful ovulation, pain during or after sexual intercourse, heavy bleeding, chronic pelvic pain, fatigue, and infertility. These symptoms can impact on general physical, mental, and social well being.
The World Endometriosis Society is driving global consensuses on the management, classification, and diagnosis of endometriosis, which are listed in the navigation to the left on this page.
WES is also involved in global consortia developing “guidelines” on how best to treat a disease, for which there currently is no known cure.