What is endometriosis and what are some endometriosis symptoms?
Endometriosis is defined as a painful, chronic disease where the endometrium, or uterine lining, grows outside of the uterus. The areas that can be affected include the bowels, intestines, appendix, ovaries, and the pelvic sidewall.
This unnatural growth builds up during menstruation but does not leave the body, causing internal bleeding, inflammation, pain, infertility, and bowel problems depending on the area of the body where it appeared. It can also create ovarian cysts that can interfere with ovulation.
Some women have endometriosis without symptoms and are unaware they have it until some other issue (like infertility) is discovered.
Many women who have endometriosis have unbearable pain while others have only mild symptoms.
Endo symptoms can include the following:
- chronic pelvic pain
- pain before and/or after menstruation
- very painful menstrual cramps
- painful intercourse
- painful orgasms
- heavy or irregular menstrual bleeding
- painful bowel movements with alternating diarrhea and constipation
- intestinal distress such as bloating, vomiting, nausea
- chronic lower back pain
- bladder pain and/or frequency
The level of severity for a woman is not determined by the amount of pain she experiences. She could have a small amount of endometriosis growth and feel severe pain, or she could have a large area of endometriosis growth and feel no pain.
Endometriosis treatment includes surgery and hormone therapy. And if a woman wants to become pregnant and has been unsuccessful, the most likely choice a doctor will give her is infertility treatment. However, there are natural remedies if a woman wants to avoid surgical or artificial interventions.