Endometriosis is an often-painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus grows outside your uterus. Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining your pelvis. With endometriosis, displaced endometrial tissue continues to act as it normally would it thickens, breaks down and bleeds with each menstrual cycle. Because this displaced tissue has no way to exit your body, it becomes trapped.
• Painful periods. Pelvic pain and cramping may begin before and extend several days into a menstrual period.
• Pain with intercourse. Pain during or after sex.
• Pain with bowel movements or urination. You are most likely to experience these symptoms during a menstrual period.
• Excessive bleeding. You may experience occasional heavy menstrual periods or bleeding between periods.
• Infertility. Sometimes, endometriosis is first diagnosed in those seeking treatment for infertility.
• Other common symptoms. You may experience fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, bloating or nausea, especially during menstrual periods, you may also have lower back and abdominal pain.
An early diagnosis, a multidisciplinary medical team and an understanding of your diagnosis may result in better management of your symptoms and a better life.
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