What Is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a disease that affects 1 in 10 women in France and worldwide.
Endometriosis is a complex, inflammatory, hormone-dependent disease that affects 1 in 10 women in France and worldwide. It is defined by the development outside the uterus of tissue similar to the uterine lining (endometrium), which can cause intense pain, infertility problems and impact women's quality of life.
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Endometriosis symptoms

Every endometriosis is different


Endometriosis can present multiple symptoms, the intensity and frequency of which are different for each woman.
Very painful periods (dysmenorrhea)
Pain during intercourse (dyspareunia)
Menometrorrhagia (heavy bleeding during and outside menstruation)
Digestive and transit disorders
Urinary disorders
Sciatic pain or low-back pain
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Forms of endometriosis

There is not one, but many endometrioses
Forms and locations

Endometriosis phenotypes

There are different forms of endometriosis, also known as endometriosis phenotypes. As a woman, you may be affected by several forms of endometriosis at the same time. It's important to point out that there's no link between pain intensity and the type of endometriosis: a patient with deep endometriosis may present less painful symptoms than a woman with superficial endometriosis.
Superficial Endo

Endometriosis lesions remain superficial and localized on the surface of the peritoneum (tissue lining the entire abdomino-pelvic cavity) and/or ovaries.

Deep Endo

Endometriosis lesions at a depth of more than 5 mm below the surface of the peritoneum. They penetrate various organs of the abdomen and pelvis, such as the bladder, ureter, intestines and vagina.

Ovarian Endo

or endometriotic cysts (endometriomas) located on the ovary, whose liquid content is characterized by its chocolate color


Endometriosis inside the uterus or uterine endometriosis, when the endo infiltrates the myometrium, the muscle of the uterine wall.

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Endometriosis Diagnosis


How To Diagnose Endometriosis?

Whatever the healthcare system, in every country in the world, the time between the appearance of the first symptoms and the diagnosis of endometriosis is excessively long, between 6 and 10 years. The diagnosis of endo is based on :
An interrogation
Gynecological exam
Endovaginal ultrasound
An interrogation

The first step is an interview with a healthcare professional trained in the disease, to determine the risk of endometriosis.

Gynecological exam

A gynecological examination by a midwife and/or gynecologist familiar with the pathology (not systematic)

Endovaginal ultrasound

An endovaginal ultrasound performed by a specialist ultrasonographer, and additional imaging if necessary.

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Endometriosis Treatments

Adapted to your needs and wishes
Therapeutic Strategy


There is no cure for endometriosis. Fortunately, there are treatments available to limit its progression, relieve pain and symptoms, and improve daily life.
Hormonal Treatments
Analgesic Treatments
Complementary Therapies
Care Path
Specific Care

As endometriosis can cause severe pain and/or impair fertility, it is sometimes necessary to seek holistic, specialist care alongside general treatment.

Specific pain treatment Follow-up by an algologist, psychologist and supportive care

Specific support for infertility Fertility preservation and/or MAP in reproductive medicine

Relieving symptoms

Better living with endometriosis

Learn to control it and live better with it on a daily basis
Reducing the impact of illness

Improving your quality of life

The most important thing about endometriosis is learning to manage it, to live better with it on a daily basis, if not to cure it. This is the biggest challenge every woman faces after diagnosis, and throughout her menstrual life. Healthcare professionals and therapists can support you in this quest, to improve your quality of life, so that endometriosis never prevents you from being yourself and having the life you want.
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