Brooklyn teens learn about endometriosis
Some teenage students at Tilden High School learned about a condition that affects one in 10 women in the U.S.
Endometriosis is a disease where the lining of the uterus, which is normally shed during menstruation, also grows outside of the uterus. It can grow on intestines, the bladder, rectum or outside of the reproductive organs.
The Endometriosis Foundation of America says the disease affects women of childbearing age from the start of one's period to menopause.
Symptoms of endometriosis include cramps, chronic pelvic pain, bowel problems, painful sex and even infertility.
While women can't die from endometriosis, there is no cure.
The Endometriosis Foundation of America says birth control, painkillers, diet and exercise can manage the disease. They say the only way to treat the disease is to go in and do laparoscopic excision surgery to remove lesions.