7 of the Most Common Symptoms of Endometriosis

It’s estimated that around 10 percent of all women of childbearing age in the world will suffer from endometriosis at some point. Endometriosis is a disease where the uterine tissue begins to grow outside of the uterus causing painful lesions.

Unfortunately, when it comes to diagnosing endometriosis, many women may not realize they have the disease or will struggle to get an accurate diagnosis. According to the Endometriosis Foundation of America, these are the  most obvious symptoms associated with endometriosis:

Painful Periods
This goes beyond the one or day cramping that many experience and is extremely painful and debilitating. Over-the-counter medications often are not strong enough to provide relief from the intense pain. Pain may also occur before and after a woman’s period.

Long Periods
Women with endometriosis tend to have longer periods than other women, often lasting more than a week.

Heavy Periods
While it’s usual for women to experience one or two days of heavy bleeding during their periods, if the heavy bleeding lasts longer, there could be something wrong.

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Pain Going to the Bathroom
Many women experience pain when urinating and passing stools. Others may experience an urgency to urinate or diarrhea.

Nausea or Vomiting
Nausea or vomiting during your period could indicate that you have endometriosis.

Painful Sex
As lesions begin to build up in the pelvic area, it could lead to painful sex.

Around a third of women with endometriosis find it difficult to get pregnant and it’s only when they seek help trying to conceive that they discover that they have the condition.

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