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What is Endometriosis?

Elmarie Basson

What is Endometriosis?

Gynaecologist Dr. Elmarie Basson explains Endometriosis to us.

Endometriosis is a disorder that everyone should have heard of by now, as it affects 176 million women worldwide, who are in their reproductive years. Yet, very few people actually understand what it is, or debilitating effects it can have on women. March is Endometriosis month and we’re joined by Gynaecologist, Dr Elmarie Basson, to learn more about this very serious disorder.

Endometriosis is disorder in women where tissue that normally grows inside of the uterus (the endometrium) grows outside of the uterus. In most cases, this growth happens on and around organs in the pelvic cavity, and the tissue in endometriosis acts just like it would inside the uterus: it grows, thickens and tries to shed with every menstrual cycle.

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