Endometriosis is a medical condition in which tissue usually found in the uterus begins to develop in other parts of the body. Massachusetts women should know that the condition occurs is almost one in every ten adult females, and many women are unaware of its symptoms. Women may attribute the symptoms they are experiencing to their monthly period. Common indicators of endometriosis include painful sex, bowel movements, urination and other pelvic issues.
Two-thirds of women are acquainted with someone who has the condition. However, according to a survey conducted by a nonprofit organization, only 29 percent of women can accurately identify its symptoms. The lack of informed communication about the symptoms of endometriosis can result in the delay of a diagnosis. According to the survey, there are some women who exhibit symptoms for up to 10 years before they receive a diagnosis.