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Symptoms of Endometriosis

The symptoms of endometriosis vary from woman to woman, and some women may not experience symptoms at all.

Common symptoms of endometriosis include:

  • recurring pain
  • abnormal bleeding
  • infertility
  • other symptoms such as fatigue or mood swings.

Recurring Pain Relating to Endometriosis

Although some women have continuous pain related to endometriosis, symptoms are usually the most painful just before and during the menstrual cycle, and they improve as the period is ending. How much pain you feel is not necessarily related to the extent of the disease. Some women with extensive scarring have little or no pain, while women with only small areas of endometriosis may have severe pain.

The location of the lesions determines where the pain is felt. The lower belly, rectum, vagina or lower back are typically painful areas. Some women have lower back pain a day or two before their period starts. Menstrual cramps can range from mild to severe and even disabling. During menstruation, there may also be pain during sexual intercourse or pain during a bowel movement or urination.

A proper diagnosis of endometriosis is very important since women with this condition may have gastrointestinal symptoms that mimic irritable bowel syndrome. These symptoms include mild to severe abdominal pain, bloating and a change in bowel habits such as diarrhea or constipation.

Abnormal bleeding

Heavy and/or long menstrual periods are another common symptom of endometriosis. There may also be bleeding after intercourse, spotting or bleeding between periods, or blood in the stool or urine.

Infertility

Sometimes women have no symptoms at all but are diagnosed with endometriosis when they cannot get pregnant. Endometriosis is found in approximately 48 percent of women who are infertile.

Other Symptoms of Endometriosis

Women with endometriosis may experience fatigue, frequent yeast infections or mood swings. Women may also urinate more often or experience urinary urgency.

If you are having any signs or symptoms of endometriosis, it is important to see your doctor. Discovering the problem early can help you avoid complications and pain.

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I had laproscropy and removal of my visible scar tissue a couple months ago and i still have light pain does that mean i will have to get surgery again later?

I have just discovered I have endometriosis after a laparoscopy on Tuesday. (http://surviveandthrive.co.za/doctors/laparoscopy.html)
My periods tend to be light and I was having a pain with my period pain and a bowel movement. I also had a fibroid/cyst thing removed. Not sure what it was. Oh well I am all cleaned up now and just hope it won't re-occur soon.

I am a 55 yr old woman who has not had a period in 3 yrs. This past week i have suffered lower back pain and when I wipe after urinating, I am getting small amounts of blood. Is this endometiosis or something else?

I've been having pains and spasms in my stomach for around 7 months now. My doctor has told me its just because I have very sensitive muscles and that I may have very slight IBS. I've started getting lower back pain, it aches and pulls a lot, the pain goes down the back of my hips and right into my coxxys. I haven't seen a period this month but had a bit of spotting a couple of weeks ago. I've always had irregular periods, possibly POS I was told. I've read so many different articles about endometriosis so I'm not sure what to believe. Help?

Hi ,i have done hystrescopy but my back and abdominal pain is still hurting me so pls help me to find the answers .

i am scared that this is my problem, i have 8-9 day long periods with severe cramping and they are also irregular but i think i'm gonna try to see the doc friday to see but i'm scared because me and my husband really want kids and can't afford all of the fertility treatment if it is needed.

i was wondering i havent been diagnosed with this diease yet but i really think i have this. the doc told me that my last test was fine but im still haveing these symptoms and i dont know why. Should i go to a different doctor?? and also what can happen if this is never treated, is it life threating? I never heard of it befor and my husband seen this on thd news today and said maybe i should look this up cause i have just about every symptom listed on this page. Please send me a reply. I need info on this. Thank you very much. My email is down right now something to do with comcast i dont know. but ill keep checking it thank you.

hiya i am on the same page as you been suffering with this pain for 3 year had the key hole surgery in Sept and nothing was found i still get very bad pains and pains having sex with my partner.. i was in the hosp today and the doctor actually turned around to me and said there is nothing gynae can do for me anymore.. i need this solved i am so upset right now i don't no what to be thinking of what my pain can actually be.. my email is kelly.sophie8@gmail.com

you might want to learn more about Maya Abdominal Therapy as a natural way to deal with this. It's non-invasive and doesn't involve pharmacueticals: www.arvigotherapy.com

ok im 22 and the doc says he thinks i have endo!! i have 2 kiddos but would like to have another in the future...... does this mean i cant if i wanna wait a couple of yrs! does it mean i have to try noww??? please help me! i have not a clue! email me at texlee88@aol.com

i have been diagnosed with endometriois and im not quite sure what it is if any one can explain to me please feel free to e mail me i get sick right before i start my menstrul cycle and i mean throwing up really bad migranes etc please help me