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SOVEREIGN, ISM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY SOVEREIGN, ISM / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Endometriosis. Coloured hysterosalpingogram X-ray of the abdomen of woman with endometriosis. The uterus (womb, orange) is at centre left, with the two fallopian tubes on either side at its top and the vagina at its base. Endometriosis is the movement of cells from the lining of the uterus to the abdominal cavity. The cells still respond to the menstrual cycle and so bleed once a month. However, the blood has no way of leaving the body and so causes pain, inflammation and scar tissue, and can lead to infertility. A hysterosalpingogram is taken after the introduction of a radio-opaque material to the uterus via a catheter in the vagina.
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