Endometriosis is a common and often painful condition that affects around 10% of women. It can happen any time from when periods start right up to the time of menopause (when periods stop).

Endometriosis happens when the tissue lining the uterus (the endometrium) is found outside the uterus, where it implants and starts to grow and function.

Symptoms can include:

  • period pain
  • abdominal, back and/ or pelvic pain
  • heavy or irregular bleeding
  • bowel or bladder symptoms
  • infertility
  • premenstrual symptoms
  • tiredness
  • mood changes
  • bloating

Organisations that specialise in this area of reproductive and/or sexual health

Where to get more information, support or advice

  • Contact your local doctor (GP)
  • Contact Sexual Health Victoria's clinics


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Last updated: 5 June 2016

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