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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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Understanding Endometriosis -- Diagnosis and Treatment

Your doctor will ask you questions and do a pelvic exam. But your doctor won't know for sure that it's endometriosis until a surgeon can examine your body internally. The most common procedure to diagnose endometriosis is called laparoscopy. During this surgery a thin, lighted tube is inserted into the abdomen through a small incision. Women are usually unconscious when it's done. Many doctors remove a small piece of tissue and test it to confirm the diagnosis of endometriosis.

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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 Traci C. Johnson, MD, FACOG on March 02, 2015

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