Endometriosis: What are the Symptoms?

Endometriosis can cause painful monthly periods for many women. Endometriosis does not cause painful periods. However, it may mean you have endometriosis. Up to 80 percent of women will experience painful periods at one time or another in their lives. Only 10% will experience severe pain that interferes with their daily activities like school or work.

You may experience the following endometriosis sign if you suffer from painful periods:

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  • Lower abdominal cramping
  • Pelvic pain
  • Uterus pain that is caused by contractions
  • Leg or back pain
  • Headaches
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Diarrhea and constipation
  • General body weakness

How can you determine if your painful periods are due to endometriosis or something else? Unfortunately, you can't. Endometriosis cramping can happen before, during, or after your period. Unfortunately, you cannot diagnose the exact type of cramping you are experiencing. Only your doctor can determine the difference between endometriosis disease and normal cramping.

Endometriosis is not just about painful cramps. They are also a sign of other conditions. You should see your gynecologist if you experience severe pelvic cramping regularly. Your doctor may rule out endometriosis. However, your period pain could be caused by other factors.

Other conditions that can lead to painful periods include:

  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID).
  • Fibroids
  • Ovarian cysts, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS),
  • Stenotic Cervix (narrow).
  • Urine abnormalities