By Ashley Mateo and Jazmine Polk, August 11, 2020

An estimated one in ten women have endometriosis, a condition thought to be caused by uterine tissue that has migrated into the pelvic cavity, says Dr. Gaither. That tissue may adhere anywhere in the body, but typically it stays in the pelvic cavity and forms cysts on the ovaries, the peritoneum (the membrane that lines your abdominal cavity), the bladder, and around pelvic muscles. If the tissue adhesions are behind the vagina, penetrative sex can result in pain.

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