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Understanding Endometriosis -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Endometriosis?

Endometriosis symptoms vary, and some women have no symptoms.

Pain and infertility are the most common symptoms. In women who are able to conceive, symptoms may get better during pregnancy, but they may return after having the baby.

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Endometriosis and Fallopian Tube Problems

Endometriosis is a common and painful disease that affects about 5.5 million women in North America and is one of the top three causes of infertility in women. During a normal menstrual cycle, the lining of your uterus -- called the endometrium -- begins to thicken in preparation for becoming pregnant. If you don't become pregnant that month, your body sheds the endometrium during menstruation and the process starts over. In endometriosis, for reasons that doctors don't entirely understand,...

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Here are other symptoms:

  • Irregular periods. In 15%-20% of cases there is premenstrual spotting.
  • Periods that are unusually heavy, especially if they produce large clots and last more than seven days.
  • Pain that gets worse during your period.
  • Pain during sex.
  • Chronic pelvic pain (pain lasting over six months).
  • Bloating, cramping, and changes in bowel movements.

 

Call Your Doctor About Endometriosis If:

Call your doctor if you think you have endometriosis.

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Nivin Todd, MD, FACOG on April 12, 2013

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