What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is the name given to cells that are normally found in a woman's uterous, that find there way to other locations of the body. These endometrial cells behave exactly as though they were still inside the womb. They are still effected by a woman's hormonal cycle and swell and shed as though they were part of the normal menstrual bleed.
The siting of these cells depends on whether they cause damage or pain. The swelling and shedding of the cells can lead to adhesions forming.
For further information relating to endometriosis visit either Endometriosis UK or Endometriosis.org.
What are Adhesions?
Adhesions are made of fibrous bands, or scar tissue, that form during or after surgery. These scars can connect tissue and organs together that should not be joined. There are no nerves within the adhesions, so in themselves they are not painful, however when organs are pulled out of shape or constricted, it can be very painful indeed.
For further information, read the Wikipedia entry, or visit The International Adhesion Society.