Sometimes typical female aches and pains such as stomach cramps, nausea, painful bowel movements and more can indicate a serious condition known as endometriosis, which is chronic and affects women. This disease occurs when the endometrial lining of the uterus starts to expand cell growth outside of the uterus to other pelvic organs, such as the ovaries. Endometrial cell growth can end up damaging other organs such as the intestines, bladder, appendix, and even cause infertility. Read on to learn nine symptoms of endometriosis.
The first indication that something may not be right could be mild-to-severe pelvic pain.
Pain during urination.
Painful urination is common to those with endometriosis because of the pressure of increased water retention, which creates bladder pressure and pain. It’s possible that you’ll notice an increase in bladder infections, too, particularly after intercourse, and the need to urinate more urgently and frequently.
Lowered immune defenses.
Sore shoulders and lower back.
Most of those suffering from endometriosis report tension build up and achy muscles in the lower back and shoulder areas during and after menstruation.
This can happen, especially during your period, ovulation, while having a bowel movement or urinating, and during or after intercourse.
Because of unbalanced hormone levels, those with endometriosis tend to suffer from extreme mood swings caused by high levels of the hormones progesterone and estrogen.
Bleeding that is irregular or heavy with your monthly period may indicate endometriosis, especially if your menstrual blood turns dark and stale looking and appears to be sticky or stringy clots or lumps.
Bowel changes and discomfort.
If you have endometriosis you may experience explosive diarrhea, especially after a meal. You might also notice traces of blood around the anus after a difficult bowel movement or diarrhea. You may have periods of constipation after a loose stool and this cycle of diarrhea/constipation might come and go with your menstruation cycle.
Studies have shown that 40 percent of women who have endometriosis also have problems conceiving children. If endometrial tissue grows outside the uterus and attaches to the fallopian tubes and ovaries, getting in the way of ovulation and causing scarring, the risk of infertility is greater.