For many women, but not everyone, the pain of endometriosis can unfortunately be so severe and debilitating that it impacts on her life significant ways.
Pain is the most common symptom of endometriosis. The pain can be in the abdomen, lower back, and pelvis and usually associates with menstrual cycle. Besides the severity of pain does not depend on endometriosis stage and size. The pain can even influence womens life.
Pain may be felt:
• before/during/after menstruation
• during ovulation
• in the bowel during menstruation
• when passing urine
• during or after sexual intercourse
• in the lower back region
Other symptoms of endometriosis include:
• heavy and/or long menstrual periods
• spotting or bleeding between periods
• diarrhoea or constipation (in particular in connection with menstruation)
• abdominal bloating (again, in connection with menstruation)
Are You at Risk?
In general, women with endometriosis are of 27-years-old on average, get their monthly period and have symptoms for two to five years before finding out they have the disease. Usually women who have gone through menopause rarely still have symptoms.
Your chances to get endometriosis are higher if you:
• began getting your period at an early age
• have heavy periods
• have periods that last more than seven days
• have a short monthly cycle (27 days or less)
• have a close relative (mother, aunt, sister) with endometriosis
You may try to reduce your chances of developing endometriosis if you:
• exercise regularly
• avoid alcohol and caffeine