Endometriosis

What is endometriosis? Does the pain feel like menstrual cramps? Get the facts about endometriosis symptoms, causes, diagnosis, and treatment.

Introduction

Whether you've received an diagnosis of endometriosis or are just starting to suspect that your pelvic pain may be more than menstrual cramps, there’s a lot of information to absorb.

Get the facts about endometriosis and discover what's normal and what's not when it comes to the pain you're experiencing.

You'll also find information about what may cause the condition, as well as common endometriosis symptoms.

What about treatment options? Is surgery involved? Are there prescription drugs that can help relieve discomfort? What about over-the-counter pain medications or lifestyle changes? Find those answers and more, plus learn about the subtle ways endometriosis pain may differ from regular menstrual pain and cramping.

It's best to talk to your healthcare provider (HCP) about your symptoms as soon as possible so you can find relief and get on the road to recovery.

Endometriosis causes

Why do some women get endometriosis and others don’t? See what the experts say about endometriosis, including possible risk factors, and learn the importance of talking to your HCP and getting regular exams.

Endometriosis symptoms

A woman holding her stomach in discomfort.

Can pelvic pain, similar to menstrual pain and cramping, be a red flag for endometriosis? What about pain in other places? Do your symptoms occur during certain activities? Learn the facts about common symptoms of endometriosis and when it may be time to get help.

Endometriosis diagnosis

If you're having symptoms that interfere with your everyday life, getting a proper diagnosis is the first step to feeling better. But how is endometriosis diagnosed? Does it involve imaging tests or a biopsy? Learn more and find out what to expect during and after an endometriosis diagnosis.

Endometriosis treatments

Woman enjoying herself on the couch after endometriosis treatment.

Once you get a proper diagnosis, there are several treatment options to help ease discomfort and help you get back to living your life. Learn more about those treatments and see if there are ways to manage endometriosis symptoms through lifestyle changes, like exercise and diet.

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