Often called an “invisible disease,” endometriosis attacks unseen areas of the body and is often brushed off as menstrual pain. Patients don’t always look sick but that doesn’t mean that they aren’t. While this type of illness poses challenges for partnerships, especially in terms of intimacy, it doesn’t mean your relationship will dissolve.

Endometriosis impacts 1 in 10 people during their reproductive years and affects roughly 176 million individuals worldwide. The painful and chronic condition occurs when tissue that typically grows inside of the uterus instead grows outside of the uterus. This tissue can be found on the ovaries, recto-vaginal septum, fallopian tubes, bladder and bowels. Symptoms of endometriosis include painful periods, ovulation, pain during sex, heavy bleeding, fatigue and infertility. It