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Endometriosis: the painful truth

Endometriosis is a common condition that can cause chronic pain which affects 1 in 10 women and may reduce their chance of becoming pregnant.

The cells that line the womb are extraordinary; they grow and shed in a constant cycle of renewal that make pregnancy possible but that can also cause extraordinary pain. Endometriosis is the name given to the common condition where cells like those of the womb lining grow outside of the womb in other parts of the body. It can cause chronic pain yet rarely receives the attention it deserves and women often have to wait many years for a diagnosis and treatments can be limited. We will share the latest thinking on this difficult condition that affects one in ten women in the UK, looking at treatments therapy and how patients are shaping the research agenda.

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