Symptoms

The most common symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain. The pain often correlates to the menstrual cycle, however a woman with endometriosis may also experience pain at other times during her monthly cycle.

For many women, but not everyone, the pain of endometriosis can unfortunately be so severe and debilitating that it impacts on her life so that she may not be able to carry out day to day activities.

Pain may be felt:

  • before/during/after menstruation
  • during ovulation
  • in the bowel during menstruation
  • when passing urine
  • during or after sexual intercourse
  • in the lower back region
  • Other symptoms may include:

    • diarrhoea or constipation (in particular in connection with menstruation)
    • abdominal bloating (in particular in connection with menstruation)
    • heavy or irregular bleeding
    • fatigue

    The other well known symptom associated with endometriosis is infertility. It is estimated that 30-40% of women with endometriosis are subfertile.

    If YOU want to discuss your symptoms with a physician you can prepare for this consultation by using this downloadable aid. It highlights the questions your doctor may ask you:

    » Your first consultation

    Fill in the questions, talk these through with your doctor and, by assisting her/him in assessing your symptoms and responses, you can, together, decide on the right treatment plan for you.

    » How to find a specialist in endometriosis | 10 things to consider about your treatment

    If YOU cannot go to school, work, or attend social functions because of your symptoms it may be because of endometriosis and then you should speak with a doctor!

    Summary of endometriosis, symptoms and treatments

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    Resources

    » First endometriosis consultation
    » How to find an endometriosis specialist
    » ESHRE Guideline on the diagnosis and treatment of endometriosis

     

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