Endometriosis Awareness Month 2015: 8 Possible Signs of Endometriosis
Endometriosis is a serious health condition that affects millions of women in the United States. In normal bodies, uterine lining is only found within the uterus. In women with endometriosis, this lining can also be found in the abdominal cavity. This tissue can be found on the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes and can result in severe pain and scarring if left untreated. While there is no cure for endometriosis, early intervention is important, especially for women who want to have children.
Although no two women present in the same way, there are several symptoms that are common with in women with endometriosis. If you experience one or more of the following symptoms, speak with your doctor.
- Pain – Pain before, during and after a woman’s period is the most common symptom of endometriosis. For some women, the pain is excruciating and completely normal tasks can be virtually impossible.
- Intense Cramps – Many women experience cramps prior to and during their period. However, if the pain is increasing or is not controllable with over the counter medication, speak with your doctor.
- Infertility – It is common for women with endometriosis to have difficulty becoming pregnant, particularly if the lining has effected the ovaries or fallopian tubes.
- Painful Urination – Painful or frequent urination may be a symptom of endometriosis. Some women also experience bladder infections.
- Mood Swings – Endometriosis is associated with abnormal hormone levels, which can effect mood. An individual with endometriosis could go from happy to angry in an instant.
- Blood Clots – Passing a few blood clots during your monthly period is normal. If your menstrual blood looks dark, stick or contains a lot of clots, this may be a symptom of endometriosis.
- Bowel Issues – Endometriosis can have negative effect on the bowels, result in diarrhea or constipation.
- Bloating – Many women experience bloating during their cycle. However, experiencing bloating when you had not before or retaining more water than usual may be a sign of a bigger issue.
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