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Erin Dean , Freelance health journalist

Essential facts

Endometriosis is the presence of endometrial-like (womb lining) tissue outside the uterus, which induces a chronic, inflammatory reaction. Up to one in ten women and up to 50% of infertile women are believed to have the condition, which can be painful and debilitating. It can have a significant impact on quality of life, and on the lives of partners. Research has found that men are often marginalised in relation to endometriosis, with little information and support available.

Nursing Standard. 32, 3,15-15. doi: 10.7748/ns.32.3.15.s16

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