What are the symptoms of endometriosis?
Symptoms of endometriosis vary and may appear with different intensity. This is not directly related to how extensive the disease is, since we have treated women with minor and few endometriosis spots and whose symptoms were excruciating and far worse than in other cases of very advanced disease.
The most common symptoms are:
- painful periods: menstruation can cause a certain level of discomfort or pain. It is important to say here that if pain affects the quality of life then advice and help should be sought.
- Pain in the abdomen/pelvis: sometimes this is caused by endometriosis and can be constant throughout the whole month due to the inflammation and the adhesions that are formed.
- Fatigue/tiredness:many women feel tired and unwell when endometriosis is established. It is very impressive that sometimes women complain only for that symptom and nothing else.
- Painful sex:sometimes deep pain can appear during the sexual intercourse or after it, and it can last for several hours.
- Difficulty staying pregnant/infertility:endometriosis can affect many organs in the pelvis but most important it can affect the tube which connects the ovary to the womb.
- Pain during defacetion/urination:this can be a sign of advanced disease that invadesthe bowel or the bladder.
- Pain in the pleura or high on the shoulder:this can be a sign of diaphragmatic endometriosis.
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