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Endometriosis is a painful and frustrating condition that can significantly affect a woman’s lifestyle. It is estimated that 8-10% of women have endometriosis. Due to the “writing off” of symptoms as normal menstruation for women, endometriosis is severely underdiagnosed.
Endometriosis is a condition where the lining of the uterus grows either outside of the uterine muscle or into the muscle, known as adenomyosis. Endometriosis can spread to other sites in your body including the peritoneum, which is the lining of the pelvis, and even the ovaries and fallopian tubes causing significant chronic pain.
Common signs and symptoms of endometriosis include:
- Painful periods (dysmenorrhea). Pelvic pain and cramping usually begins several days before your period and may continue for a few days into it.
- Pain with intercourse. This is usually described as pain with deep penetration. This is due to endometriosis growing in the pelvis and causing scar tissue.
- Pain with bowel movements or urination. Constipation, diarrhea and/or painful bowel movements usually occur during menses. Bloating, nausea and fatigue during menses are also common.
- Excessive bleeding. This can be either heavy bleeding during menses, known as menorrhagia, or bleeding between menses, known as menometrorrhagia. Adenomyosis, endometriosis in the uterine muscle, may contribute to these symptoms as well.
- Infertility. Endometriosis may be associated with infertility.
- Low back pain during menses. This is a common complaint in women with endometriosis.
Women with endometriosis commonly complain of pain from recurring ovarian cysts. Ovarian cysts are rarely the cause of pain. However, ruptured ovarian cysts may cause pain but this is an exception for the cause rather than the norm.
Endometriosis can be a challenging condition to manage. An early diagnosis and an understanding of your diagnosis may result in better management of your symptoms.