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Endometriosis - Symptoms

Some women with endometriosis don't have symptoms. Other women have symptoms that range from mild to severe. Symptoms may include:

  • Pain, which can be:
    • Pelvic pain.
    • Severe menstrual cramps.
    • Low backache 1 or 2 days before the start of the menstrual period (or earlier).
    • Pain during sexual intercourse.
    • Rectal pain.
    • Pain during bowel movements.
  • Infertility may be the only sign that you have endometriosis. Between 20% and 40% of women who are infertile have endometriosis.1
  • Abnormal bleeding. This can include:

Symptoms are often most severe just before and during your menstrual period. They get better as your period is ending. Some women, especially teens, have pain all the time.

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Understanding Endometriosis -- Prevention

 There is no way to prevent endometriosis. But there are several things that raise your risk of developing it: Having a close relative with endometriosis, especially a mother or a sister Having a short menstrual cycle -- less than 25 days Having menstrual flow lasting more than a week Having heavy flow Having medical condition that blocks or constricts your cervix or vagina Having a birth defect of the uterus, such as a double uterus or a double cervix  

Read the Understanding Endometriosis -- Prevention article > >

Several other conditions can cause symptoms that are similar to endometriosis. These conditions include painful periods, adenomyosis, and uterine fibroids.

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Last Updated: March 12, 2014
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