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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 -- 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  

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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 March 21, 2014

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