Sound, sympathetic guidance on managing a condition that affects more than 5 million women in the U.S. Endometriosis is painful disorder of the female reproductive system–a condition that’s also linked to increased risks of infertility and autoimmune disease. This plain-English guide dispels the many myths that still swirl around endometriosis. It describes the disease and how it affects the body, pinpoints symptoms and warning signs, and tells how to understand a diagnosis. Offering reliable, reassuring guidance, it explains the latest drug, hormone, surgical, and alternative treatments and provides guidelines for healthy nutrition as well as advice on coping with the emotional and physical challenges of living with endometriosis. Joseph Krotec, MD (Camden, NJ) is currently Director of Endoscopic Surgery at the Cooper Institute for Reproductive Hormonal Disorders. Sharon Perkins, RN (Medford, NJ) is the RN Coordinator for In-Vitro Fertilization at the Cooper Center for Reproductive Disorders. She is the coauthor of Osteoporosis For Dummies (0-7645-7621-6), Fertility For Dummies (0-7645-2549-2), and Breastfeeding For Dummies (0-7645-4481-0).