8 Symptoms of Endometriosis You Shouldn’t Ignore
Symptoms of endometriosis vary from woman to woman. Some women will have several symptoms while others will have no symptoms other than infertility. However, some women experience severe pain during menstruation and this symptom makes diagnosis a little easier. Others will only have vague, difficult to identify symptoms. They know that something is wrong, but they cannot understand what exactly. To make things even more confusing, endometriosis-like symptoms can also be caused by other conditions and diseases.
If you experience any of these symptoms, it is better to make an appointment with your doctor. Keep in mind that the average time to diagnose endometriosis is 10 years. However, if you have described your symptoms to your doctor and he or she told you that it’s “in your head”, think about visiting someone else.
It is also important to know that the only way to diagnose endometriosis is laparoscopy. It is not enough to simply look at your symptoms or even have an ultrasound. In this article, we gathered eight symptoms of endometriosis you shouldn’t ignore.
1. Painful cramps during menstruation
Despite the fact that painful menstrual cramps are considered one of the most common signs of endometriosis, they can also be caused by other diseases. Light cramps during your period are quite common. This is especially true for teens who have just begun to menstruate. At the same time, cramps caused by endometriosis are more severe. They can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea. Some women with endometriosis have to skip work or study during menstruation because pain interferes with their daily activities.
2. Pelvic pain
Up to 20 percent of women with endometriosis can experience pelvic pain throughout the cycle, not only during menstruation. It is important to understand that the amount of pelvic pain you experience doesn’t certainly correlate with the severity of endometriosis. You may have moderate endometriosis and suffer from severe pain in the pelvic area or have severe endometriosis and have little or no pain in the pelvic area.
3. Pain during sex
Pain during sex is another potential symptom of endometriosis. However, intercourse can be painful only in certain positions, especially with deep penetration. Pain can also appear and disappear during the menstrual cycle. Moreover, some women with endometriosis experience more pain during ovulation. This can prevent you from becoming pregnant, as you are less likely to have sex at the most fertile time.
4. Heavy blood flow during periods
Women with endometriosis may have more severe bleeding and longer periods. They can also have spotting between periods. Moreover, women with endometriosis tend to have their periods more often.
Some studies show that endometriosis can be found in 50% of infertile women. As we mentioned above, not every woman with endometriosis will have symptoms or painful periods. Some women only learn about endometriosis during an infertility test.
6. Depression and fatigue
Depression and fatigue also be caused by endometriosis. Most likely, they are prompted by other symptoms of the disease. For example, you may feel exhausted and depressed from pain throughout the cycle or period. Moreover, infertility and problems with sex can lead to depression or anxiety.
7. Problems with bladder
Endometriosis can also lead to blood in the urine and pain when urinating. You can also have frequent and urgent urination. In severe cases of endometriosis, endometrial tissue can grow upon or even inside the bladder that will result in pain and bleeding. If you have noticed blood in the urine, consult your doctor as soon as possible.
8. Constipation or diarrhea
Some women with endometriosis suffer from constipation and diarrhea. These symptoms may get worse during periods. In addition, some women may experience pain during bowel movements or during the gas passage. In severe cases, endometriosis can occur in the gut itself.
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