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Symptoms of Endometriosis
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I think I might have endometriosis. What are the symptoms of it?
is a chronic condition that can cause a number of symptoms. They can range from mild to severe and may impact your quality of life.
Symptoms can vary from woman to woman. Many will experience symptoms along with their period, but you may experience endometriosis symptoms anytime throughout the month. Interestingly enough, the extensiveness of your endometriosis may not correlate with your symptoms. You may life altering symptoms yet minimal endometriosis, or you may have extensiveness endometriosis with no symptoms at all.
Here are some of the most common symptoms you might experience if you have endometriosis.
Most women with endometriosis will experience pain of some kind. You might feel it in your abdomen, pelvis, or lower back. You may have abdominal, uterine, and bowel cramps. It can occur
- with your period,
- with bowel movements,
- with urination,
- during ovulation, and
- during or after intercourse.
If you have endometriosis, you may experience abnormal bleeding
. Your periods could be irregular, long, and heavy. You may also pass clots. It’s also not uncommon to have bleeding between periods.
Endometriosis can cause you to have some tummy and bowel troubles. You may experience some abdominal bloating
that worsens throughout the day. You may also have constipation or diarrhea and may experience symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
. You may have bleeding or pain with bowel movements, too. Nausea and vomiting are not uncommon either.
Many women with endometriosis also have bladder symptoms. You may feel pain, symptoms of urgency and frequency, or bleeding with urination. You may also be diagnosed with interstitial cystitis (IC)
, a painful bladder condition that's more common in women with endometriosis.
Infertility concerns can be the symptom that leads to a diagnosis of endometriosis. Your ovaries and fallopian tubes can become damaged, making it difficult for to become pregnant. The more extensive the endometriosis and the older you are, the more problems you might have with fertility.
Other unique symptoms
you might experience include fatigue, lack of energy, headaches, anxiety, depression
, and moodiness. You may also have co-existing health conditions
, such as fibromyalgia, lupus, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), multiple sclerosis (MS), or thyroid issues, and the symptoms that go along with them.
If you suspect you have endometriosis, it's important to keep a symptom diary
and find a qualified doctor
. If at all possible, find an endometriosis specialist
who may be able to offer you the best treatment and outcome.
This content was written by staff of HysterSisters.com by non-medical professionals based on discussions, resources and input from other patients for the purpose of patient-to-patient support.
08-25-2016 - 08:10 PM
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