15 Signs And Symptoms Of Endometriosis

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Despite at least 200 million women world-wide and 6.5 million women in America alone are dealing with endometriosis, not too many people even know what it is when you ask them. Endometriosis is a female condition where the endometrium, otherwise known as the uterine lining, ends up growing outside of the uterus. In most cases, it ends up growing ‘on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterosacral ligaments supporting the uterus, and outer surface of the uterus.’ In severe cases, the endometrium can even grow on the bladder, bowel, vagina, appendix, cervix, rectum, and posterior cul-de-sac between the uterus and bladder. In very rare cases, it can reach the lungs, skin and brain. It can affect females of any age as long as they are already menstruating, but the average age is between 30 to 40.
Unfortunately, endometriosis is a chronic disease that’s often chocked up to “normal female aches and pains,” but in reality, there is nothing normal about it. Endometriosis is actually one of the more difficult diseases to deal with because there is no actual known cause, no cure, difficult to diagnose at times, and normally requires surgery to treat. Aside from being a lifelong disease, in particular cases, it can even leave women infertile.
Because the symptoms of endometriosis varies from one woman to another, it’s can be difficult to diagnose, as well as take longer than usual for doctors to declare it as a positive case of endometriosis. While some women feel severe pain that can be debilitating, others feel no pain at all. Some women only find out that they have it because they’ve had difficulty getting pregnant, while others begin feeling symptoms early on which slowly progress into intense pain and heavy periods. In order to better understand this difficult and debilitating disease, here are 15 signs and symptoms of endometriosis.

1. Pelvic Or Lower Abdominal Pain

One of the main and foremost symptoms of endometriosis is pelvic or lower abdominal pain. Although it is normal for women to feel some discomfort during their monthly menstrual cycle, when there is mild to severe pain, this could be a major indicator that there is something wrong. Most females that are eventually positively diagnosed with endometriosis complain of some form of endometrial pain. It can occur before, during or after a cycle, and while it can be a mild pain for some, for others the pain is so intense that it is debilitating to a fault.