Endometriosis is a common disorder, probably underdiagnosed, that is a significant cause of infertility and has a major impact on the quality of women's lives. In this volume, leading scientists and clinicians present the current status of our knowledge about endometriosis. Topics include findings from research on endometrial cell functions, extracellular matrix components, and steroid hormone receptors in eutopic and ectopic tissues. In addition, clinical advances in the management of endometriosis are presented, including new treatments and genetic and demographic analyses of occurrence of the disease. Special attention is paid to the significance of environmental factors in inducing endometriosis.
Table of Contents:Part I. Overviews: What Is Endometriosis?Part II. Basic Biology of EndometriosisPart III. Growth Factors, Cytokines, and Angiogenic FactorsPart IV. Matrix Modification in Endometrial TissuePart V. Immune System and EndometriosisPart VI. Environment and EndometriosisPart VII. Genetics and Gene Expression in EndometriosisPart VIII. In Vitro and Animal Models of EndometriosisPart IX. Intervention StrategiesPart X. Future Research Directions and Recommendations