understanding endometriosis

Endometriosis and the Bowel

Endometriosis can affect the bowel in the abdomen and pelvis. Penetration of the endometriosis can vary within two forms:

  • Superficial – endometriosis is found on the surface of the bowel
  • Deep – endometriosis penetrates the bowel wall.

In some cases, recto-vaginal nodules can start as superficial endometriosis and progress to infiltrate the bowel wall.

Endometriosis and the Bladder

Endometriosis affecting the bladder is rare and the exact cause is unknown. The penetration of the endometriosis can vary within two forms:

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