Could I Have Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a painful condition that doctors believe is much more common than previously thought. It occurs when endometrial tissue, which is the tissue that grows inside the uterus, grows outside the uterus. Typically, women with endometriosis have endometrial tissue around the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and throughout the pelvis, although it sometimes spreads to organs outside of the reproductive region. This endometrial tissue reacts to hormones in the same way as it does inside the uterus, so it bleeds every month during menstruation, causing discomfort. Could endometriosis be to blame for your symptoms? If you experience these signs, consider seeing your gynecologist to determine the cause.

Your periods are painful.

Painful periods are very common for women with endometriosis. You may experience pain before your period starts that lingers throughout your entire period, even if you take over-the-counter pain medications that typically help other women with cramps. Sometimes, periods can be so painful when you have endometriosis that you are unable to take part in your usual activities.

Your periods are heavy.

Heavy periods are another sign of endometriosis. Women with endometriosis often need to change pads or tampons every hour or every two hours because their flow is so heavy. Endometriosis can also cause an increase in visible clots in your menstrual flow. Alongside heavier periods, women with endometriosis also tend to have periods that last for longer than other women, with periods that often last for more than a week.

You have painful bowel movements and urination.

Depending on where your endometrial tissue is located outside of your uterus, it could cause painful cramping during bowel movements or during urination. Some women also experience diarrhea, constipation, nausea, and rectal bleeding because of endometriosis.

In addition to discomfort, endometriosis can also increase your chances of experiencing infertility. See your gynecologist at Women’s Healthcare Associates if you think you could be experiencing endometriosis, so you can get an accurate diagnosis and treatments to alleviate your symptoms. To schedule an appointment with your Houston gynecologist, please call (713) 654-8128.

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