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How is endometriosis similar to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)?

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Sometimes, cells in the lining of a woman's uterus start growing in other places in the body. This includes your bowel. It can cause symptoms like IBS, but they may get worse before and during your period.

Another sign you could have endometriosis is pain when you start to have a bowel movement or during sex. Some women also have rectal bleeding.

Your doctor can diagnose endometriosis of the bowel with different imaging tests. Sometimes you can manage symptoms with medicine. Your doctor may also suggest surgery.

From: Conditions That Seem Like IBS But Aren't WebMD Medical Reference

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Crohn's & Colitis Foundation: "What are Crohn's & Colitis?"

Mayo Clinic: "Ulcerative Colitis," "Lactose Intolerance," "Diverticulitis," "Pancreatitis," "Microscopic colitis."

Clinical Endoscopy : "A Case of Parasite Invasion of the Intestinal Tract: A Missed Diagnosis in Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

Celiac Disease Foundation: "What is Celiac Disease?" "Celiac Disease Screening and Diagnosis."

Harvard Medical School: "Stress and the sensitive gut."

National Pancreas Foundation: "About the Pancreas," "Common Disorders of the Pancreas."

American Cancer Society: "Can Stomach Cancer Be Found Early?" "Signs and Symptoms of Stomach Cancer," "Tests for Stomach Cancer."

Endometriosis UK: "Understanding Endometriosis," "Endometriosis and the Bowel."

Merck Manual: "Hookworm Infection (Ancylostomiasis)."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 08, 2018

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)."

United European Gastroenterology Journal : "Are IBD patients more likely to have a prior diagnosis of irritable bowel syndrome? Report of a case-control study in the General Practice Research Database."

Crohn's & Colitis Foundation: "What are Crohn's & Colitis?"

Mayo Clinic: "Ulcerative Colitis," "Lactose Intolerance," "Diverticulitis," "Pancreatitis," "Microscopic colitis."

Clinical Endoscopy : "A Case of Parasite Invasion of the Intestinal Tract: A Missed Diagnosis in Irritable Bowel Syndrome."

Celiac Disease Foundation: "What is Celiac Disease?" "Celiac Disease Screening and Diagnosis."

Harvard Medical School: "Stress and the sensitive gut."

National Pancreas Foundation: "About the Pancreas," "Common Disorders of the Pancreas."

American Cancer Society: "Can Stomach Cancer Be Found Early?" "Signs and Symptoms of Stomach Cancer," "Tests for Stomach Cancer."

Endometriosis UK: "Understanding Endometriosis," "Endometriosis and the Bowel."

Merck Manual: "Hookworm Infection (Ancylostomiasis)."

Reviewed by Minesh Khatri on February 08, 2018

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