An estimated 190 million people worldwide suffer from endometriosis – a condition in which so-called endometriosis spots grow in the abdomen and can result in permanent damage to organs such as the intestines or fallopian tubes. Although endometriosis is quite common, there is a great deal of ignorance about the disease. There are still people who have never heard of the condition or who don’t understand the term. Those affected are therefore repeatedly met with a lack of understanding – in their environment, but sometimes also among medical staff.

To mark Endometriosis Awareness Month in March, we’ve taken a look at five common claims about the disease: which are true and which aren’t?

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