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Mehmet Oz, MD, Cardiology, answeredThe most common symptoms of endometriosis are pelvic pain (severe cramping in the lower back and abdomen that usually coincide with menstrual cramps); sharp pelvic pain during sex; painful bowel movements; exceptionally heavy periods or bleeding between periods; and even infertility. If you have 2 out of the 3 symptoms it’s probably worth speaking with your doctor.
Piedmont Heart Institute answered
Because of excess bleeding and swelling in unusual places, endometriosis can cause some serious symptoms. These symptoms include painful periods due to swelling in places where you don't usually suffer from swelling. You can also have pain outside of your menstrual cycle, while using the bathroom, during ovulation, and during intercourse. Endometriosis leads to excess bleeding during periods and, many times, infertility because of scar tissue blocking your reproductive organs. This being said, endometriosis can also present no symptoms at all and only be discovered coincidentally during a regular doctor's visit.
This answer is based upon source information from the National Women's Health Information Center.
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answeredBecause of excess bleeding and swelling in unusual places within the pelvic cavity, endometriosis can cause some serious symptoms. These symptoms include painful periods due to swelling in places where you don't usually suffer from swelling. You can also have pain outside of your menstrual cycle, while using the bathroom, during ovulation, and during intercourse. Endometriosis leads to excess bleeding during periods and, many times, infertility because of scar tissue blocking your reproductive organs. This being said, endometriosis can also present no symptoms at all and only be discovered coincidentally during a regular doctor's visit.
Jessica A. Shepherd, MD, answered
Endometriosis is a chronic disorder that affects the pelvic organs; symptoms include painful menstruation, painful urination and bowel movements, cysts and pelvic pain. Watch OB/GYN Jessica Shepherd, MD, explain the symptoms of this common condition.
Penn Medicine answered
Pain is the main symptom of endometriosis. This can include painful periods, pain in the lower abdomen before and during menstruation, pain with sexual intercourse, pain with bowel movements, and cramps for a week or two before and during menstruation.
There also may be no symptoms at all.Treatment options depend on age, severity of symptoms, and whether a woman wants children or not.
Endometriosis is the abnormal growth of cells, similar to those that form the inside of the uterus, but in a location outside of the uterus. Endometriosis is most commonly found on other organs of the pelvis.
Pain is the main symptom of endometriosis. A woman with endometriosis may have:
- painful periods;
- pain in the lower abdomen before and during menstruation;
- cramps for a week or two before and during menstruation;
- pain during or following sexual intercourse;
- pain with bowel movements;
- pelvic or low back pain that may occur at any time during the menstrual cycle.
Greenville Health System answered
Endometriosis is a condition that is common and often overlooked. Spotting or bleeding at times other than your period is sometimes a sign of endometriosis. The presence of the endometrium (the lining of the womb) outside the uterus is associated with painful menses but also infertility.
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Women with endometriosis often, but not always, have one or more of the following symptoms:
- dysmenorrhea (painful cramps during menstruation)
- dyspareunia (painful intercourse)
- dysfunctional uterine bleeding, including heavy periods or unusual spotting
Some women with endometriosis don't have symptoms. Other women have symptoms that range from mild to severe. Symptoms may include:
Pain, which can be:
- Pelvic pain.
- Severe menstrual cramps.
- Low backache 1 or 2 days before the start of the menstrual period (or earlier).
- Pain during sexual intercourse.
- Rectal pain.
- Pain during bowel movements.
Infertility may be the only sign that you have endometriosis. Between 20% and 40% of women who are infertile have endometriosis.
Abnormal bleeding. This can include:
- Blood in the urine or stool.
- Some vaginal bleeding before the start of the menstrual period.
- Vaginal bleeding after sex.
Symptoms are often most severe just before and during your menstrual period. They get better as your period is ending. Some women, especially teens, have pain all the time.
Several other conditions can cause symptoms that are similar to endometriosis. These conditions include painful periods, adenomyosis, and uterine fibroids.
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Kevin Windom, MD, Obstetrics & Gynecology, answeredThe most common symptoms are pelvic pain, pain with sex, pain with menses, pain with bowel movements (especially on your period), infertility, painful urination and no bladder infection can be diagnosed, and back pain.
The way that endometriosis usually comes to people's attention is that it causes very painful periods for many women. This is because during a woman's menstrual cycle, the uterus has periodic muscle contractions to expel the old tissue. When there is scar tissue from endometriosis attached to the uterus, these contractions cause pulling and tugging that adds to the pain of cramps. The nature of the pain is also different from the aching of menstrual cramps in that it can be very sharp and stabbing pain, but this varies from woman to woman.
The other way that endometriosis may come to be diagnosed is when a woman experiences pain on deep penetration during sexual intercourse. This definition of 'deep' really refers to deep enough to push on the cervix, which is only 3-4 inches of penetration. Since the scar tissue also may attach to the outside of the vagina, once the vagina starts to be stretched from penetration, any scar tissue located there would once again tug and pull. Women may find that it happens only in certain positions, or certain depths of penetration, depending on how the endometriosis is affecting her. Some women even start to avoid sex or are apprehensive about it because the pain. But with treatment, both painful sex and painful periods can be much improved.
The symptoms of endometriosis are usually dependent upon the areas within the pelvis that are involved. For example, if endometrial tissue has embedded on the bladder, women may experience pain with urination and the urge to urinate more often. Common symptoms include painful periods or irregular bleeding, pelvic pain, low back pain, pain with intercourse, bloating, nausea and vomiting. These symptoms tend to start just before a woman starts her menstrual cycle and stop as the cycle concludes.