5 possible signs of endometriosis
Endometriosis is the abnormal growth of cells (endometrial cells) similar to those that form the inside or lining the tissue of the uterus, but in a location outside of the uterus. Endometrial cells are cells that are shed each month during menstruation. The cells of endometriosis attach themselves to tissue outside the uterus and are called endometriosis implants. These implants are most commonly found on the ovaries, the Fallopian tubes, outer surfaces of the uterus or intestines, and on the surface lining of the pelvic cavity. They can also be found in the vagina, cervix, and bladder, although less commonly than other locations in the pelvis.
If symptoms develop, they typically begin between the ages of 25-40. Sometimes symptoms begin in the teenage years. Endometriosis can affect any woman. Symptoms of endometriosis may include the following:
(1) Painful periods (dysmenorrhea): Pelvic pain and cramping may begin before and extend several days into your period and may include lower back and abdominal pain.
(2) Pain with intercourse: Pain during or after sex is common with endometriosis.
(3) Pain with bowel movements or urination: Youre most likely to experience these symptoms during your period.
(4) Excessive bleeding: You may experience occasional heavy periods (menorrhagia) or bleeding between periods (menometrorrhagia).
(5) Infertility: Endometriosis is first diagnosed in some women who are seeking treatment for infertility.
(6) Other symptoms: You may also experience fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, bloating or nausea, especially during menstrual periods.
The severity of your pain isnt necessarily a reliable indicator of the extent of the condition. Some women with mild endometriosis have extensive pain, while others with advanced endometriosis may have little pain or even no pain at all....