Symptoms of Endometriosis
The main symptom of endometriosis is pain in the pelvis, similar to that of menstrual pain. Those diagnosed with endometriosis generally complain of having very severe menstrual pain which progressively worsens.
Here are the typical signs and symptoms of endometriosis:
- Menstrual cramps – Pelvic cramps can occur before menstruation and last many days. The pain can also spread to the lower back and abdomen.
- Intercourse pain – Pain can occur during or after intercourse
- Pain in the bowels or urinary tract – pain can occur in these areas usually during menstruation
- Abnormal Bleeding – sporadic heavy menstruation or unusual bleeding in between menstruations
- Fertility issues – endometriosis is commonly identified in patients consulting treatment for infertility
- Other signs and symptoms which usually surface during menstruation include fatigue, bowel symptoms such as diarrhea, constipation, bloated stomach and nausea.
Despite of being a painful disorder, the intensity of pain experienced by the patient may not reflect the extent of endometriosis. One may have moderate endometriosis with severe pain while the other may have severe endometriosis with moderate or negligible pain.
One similarity between fibromyalgia and endometriosis is that both conditions can be mixed up with other disorders. Endometriosis can be confused with other conditions that produce pain in the pelvic and abdomen area. They include pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), ovarian cysts and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).