This is a condition where uterine tissue grows outside the uterus. It can be a debilitating pain and often makes getting pregnant difficult, if not impossible. Below are signs or symptoms you may experience if you have endometriosis. This is just a guide. If you find that many of these symptoms match you, please, see your gynecologist to schedule an ultrasound to get checked and be sure. Never try to self-diagnose illnesses. Many have similar symptoms that can lead to a misdiagnosis.
1. Very Painful Menstrual Periods
- This can be a pain that can range from nagging to completely debilitating, making the person unable work or, in some cases, get out of bed.
- The pain can either feel like intense pressure or a gut wrenching pain.
2. Chronic back/pelvic pain
- This pain is throughout the entire pelvic area and can make walking a painful experience, often causing the person to have to shuffle instead of take steps.
- It is difficult to sit for long periods of time.
- It is hard to find a comfortable position to lie in to sleep or rest.
3. You have pain during sex
- This is a deep pain and not the one when penetration occurs.
- It usually happens when the penis penetrates fully.
- Can make having intercourse very painful, often leading to you not wanting to have sex.
- There is bleeding after sex
4. Intestinal pain
- This is cramping in the intestine area.
- This can lead to doubling over
- Pain usually feels like needles
5. Painful Bowel movements, urination
- This can happen during your period
- Can lead to blood in the stool
6. Bleeding or spotting between periods
- This can be light or medium spotting
- It can last for three days or more
- Spotting is sporadic, not happening every months
- Difficulty getting pregnant
- Complications during pregnancy
8. Digestive problems
- Diarrhea before and during periods
- Sporadic constipation
- These can often mimic IBS, but only tends to occur during periods