What is Endometriosis, Exactly?

In the wide world of women’s health, women are often met with a laundry list of medical terminology, symptoms, and myriad other things to keep track of, including endometriosis. But, what exactly is it? And, what should you look for if you think you may have it?

Keep reading to learn more about endometriosis.

So, what is endometriosis? It’s a sometimes painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus (also called the endometrium) grows outside your uterus. It most commonly involves your ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining your pelvis.

What are The Symptoms of Endometriosis?

The most common symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain often associated with your menstrual period. But, before you go down the rabbit hole of googling “pelvic pain” it should be noted that many women experience cramping around their period as well as during ovulation. The pain described in relation to endometriosis should be similar but much more intense, and much worse! It should also increase over time.

What To Look For: The Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Endometriosis

  • Intense, painful periods. You may also have lower back and abdominal pain.
  • Pain during intercourse.
  • Pain with bowel movements or urination.
  • Excessive bleeding. Look out for abnormally heavy periods or bleeding between periods.
  • Infertility. Endometriosis is sometimes first diagnosed in women who are seeking treatment for infertility.
  • You may also experience fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, bloating or nausea, especially during menstrual periods.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call your doctor and schedule a check-up.

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