Endometriosis occurs when cells of the inner lining of the uterus, grows outside the uterine cavity. The cells expand to other pelvic organs, such as the ovaries. This can damage other organs, including the bladder and intestines.
Most of the time, endometriosis is seen during the reproductive years. Because it is a serious condition, it is important to recognize its symptoms and seek medical attention. Here are the top 5 symptoms of endometriosis:
Pelvic Pain: One of the first indications of endometriosis is pelvic pain. You may experience wavelike pain either before, during, or after menstruation. You may also experience it during ovulation.
Painful Urination: Endometriosis causes an increase in water retention. This produces bladder pain and, as a result, pain during urination. You may also have an increase in bladder infections or frequent urination.
Intestinal Pain: During your period or ovulation, you may experience intestinal pain. It can also occur during urination or when having a bowel movement. Sometimes, you may experience it during or after sexual intercourse.
Blood Clots: Heavy bleeding during the menstrual cycle, can be a sign of endometriosis. Particularly, if the menstrual blood is dark or appears as stringy lumps or clots.
Bowel Changes: Diarrhea after a meal, can occur with endometriosis. Also, blood around the anus after a difficult bowel movement, is another sign. You will experience periods of diarrhea followed by constipation.
Active Beat. The 10 Symptoms Of Endometriosis. Author: Emily Lockhart.
Mayo Clinic. Diseases And Conditions Endometriosis: Symptoms. Author: Mayo Clinic Staff.