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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 -- the Basics

Endometriosis is a common condition in women. It's chronic, painful, and often gets steadily worse. Normally, the tissue that lines a woman's uterus, known as the endometrium, is found only in the uterus. But when a woman develops endometriosis, microscopic bits of this tissue escape from the uterus and grow on other organs such as the ovaries, the outer wall of the uterus, the fallopian tubes, the ligaments that support the uterus, the space between the uterus and the rectum, and the space...

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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.

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Reviewed by Nivin Todd, MD, FACOG on March 21, 2014

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