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Signs of Endometriosis What are they?

Endometriosis affects millions of women worldwide, with an estimated 5 million sufferers in the US and Canada alone. This disease occurs when endometrial tissue, like that in the lining of the uterus, is located outside the uterus. Many women who have the disease may never experience any endometriosis symptoms, while others may have the disease for many years before any signs of the disease become apparent.

So, what are the signs of endometriosis and what should you look out for if you suspect that you have the condition? Several signs and symptoms exist; you might have one, several or none of these if you have the disease. Endometriosis appears to run in families, leading to the belief that it may be genetic.

Dysmenorrhea or painful, irregular periods, is a common sign of endometriosis. Many women experience dysmenorrhea but don't have endometriosis, so don't think that because you have one, you also have the other. The pain that comes with dysmenorrhea is a strong cramping type of pain that starts before your period and continue a few days into it.

It is commonly felt in the mid to lower abdomen, the lower back and even in the rectal area. The pain varies from mild to severe, from woman to woman and even from period to period; its intensity is not an indication of the seriousness of the spread of the disease in your body.

As well as painful periods, a woman with endometriosis may also experience heavy or irregular periods, and maybe bleeding at other times of her cycle. Heavy menstrual bleeding is a fairly common sign of endometriosis, as are extended bleeding and spotting between periods.

Endometriosis sufferers may also experience other pelvic pain at other times in their menstrual cycle. Ovulation is a classic time for pelvic pain to be experienced, as is during urination, bowel movements and intercourse. The pain during sexual intercourse is caused by the penis pressing against endometrial tissue and is usually felt as a sharp pain rather than the cramping type felt during menstruation. Bleeding during or after intercourse is another endometriosis symptom.

Other signs of endometriosis include feelings of anxiety, depression and fatigue, not related to any specific occurrence. If the bladder or bowel is involved, symptoms of nausea, constipation or diarrhea may occur. The pain experienced when urinating or during a bowel movement is likely to be more pronounced during menstruation. Infertility, or difficulty getting pregnant, is a common sign of endometriosis; women may also experience hypoglycemia and allergies.

Many women have endometriosis but never experience any of the symptoms; some of these women are diagnosed with endometriosis during a routine examination or the investigation of an unrelated condition. There are also women who experience symptoms similar to those of endometriosis but they do not have the disease; their symptoms are caused by one of the many conditions that have similar symptoms. Often the first indication a woman has that she might have endometriosis, is when she has problems conceiving. When she goes to her doctor about it, the endometriosis is diagnosed.

To reach an accurate diagnosis, a laparoscopy procedure is usually performed, during which the doctor is able to see the endometrial tissue that is causing the problem.

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