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Endometriosis occurs when cells from the uterus migrate into the peritoneal cavity (where intestines live) and take up shop. As hormones fluctuate during the monthly cycle, these cells respond just as if they were back home in the uterus. So, as the inside of the uterus builds up, so do they, but they’re in the wrong place. As bleeding begins, pain and inflammation occur. Over time this can cause dangerous scarring and fallopian tube or bowel obstruction. Early detection, nutritional support and hormonal treatment can slow or stop the progression of this condition.