What Are The Symptoms Of Endometriosis?


Endometriosis is a health condition that many women suffer from during their child bearing years. It occurs when the tissues that line the uterus are also growing outside the uterus. For some women, this does not cause any health issues at all. While this condition is not considered life threatening, there are some symptoms that many women do suffer from. These are the symptoms that are commonly associated with endometriosis.


There are various types of pain and discomfort that are caused by endometriosis. Some women suffer from severe pain and some may have no discomfort. Pain often occurs during menstruation, in the form of severe cramping and pelvic, lower back and abdominal pain. Pain and discomfort is also common when having bowel movements and urinating for women who have endometriosis. 

Abnormal Bleeding 

Abnormal bleeding is another symptom often caused by endometriosis. Sometimes there may be excessive bleeding during menstruation, which makes the menstrual cycle last for several days longer than before endometriosis began. It is not uncommon for "breakthrough" bleeding to occur, when there is bleeding in between menstrual periods.


Women who have endometriosis may also have problems with fertility. This is due to the excess tissues in the uterus preventing the egg from becoming fertilized. For some women, this may be the only symptom of endometriosis they suffer from. Even if no other symptoms are noticeable, infertility may still be due to endometriosis.

Sexual Problems 

Sexual intercourse is often very uncomfortable for women who suffer from endometriosis. This may occur during or after having sex. This may also have a negative impact on a woman's interest in sex. It is not uncommon for mild depression to develop due to the problems a woman has with having a healthy sex life due to endometriosis.

Other Symptoms 

There are also other symptoms associated with endometriosis. These include chronic fatigue, frequent constipation or diarrhea, nausea and bloating. These symptoms may or may not occur during the woman's menstruation cycle.

There are various treatments that are used to reduce the symptoms of endometriosis. The type of treatment a gynecologist may use depends on the severity of this condition, the age of the patient and the symptoms that are occurring. Some of the most common treatments include prescription pain relievers, hormone therapy and even surgery to remove the excess uterine tissues. However, if infertility problems continue, fertility drugs or in vitro fertilization may be necessary.


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