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Endometriosis is a long-term (chronic) condition where tissue, similar to the lining of the womb, is found elsewhere in the body. It is very common, affecting around 1 in 10 of those who menstruate.

For some people, it can have a significant impact on their physical health, emotional wellbeing, and daily routine.

It can cause severe pain in the pelvis and make it harder to get pregnant. Endometriosis can start at a person’s first menstrual period and last until menopause.

This video was produced by NHS Inform and is available to watch on the NHS Inform website along with other health videos.

Last updated: 06 April 2023