Endometriosis is more than just bad cramps. The most common symptoms are:
1 Painful periods:
Doctors call this dysmenorrhea (DIS-men-uh-REE-uh). Period pain, or menstruation pain, usually begins right before a woman’s period starts and then continues throughout her period.
2 Pelvic pain in between periods:
Doctors call this non-menstrual pelvic pain. This pain can be intermittent (on and off again), or it can be constant throughout the month. It can often be described as dull, throbbing, or even sharp.
3 Pain with sex:
Doctors call this dyspareunia (DIS-puh-ROO-nee-uh). The pain can occur as soon as sex begins, during sex, or even after it ends. And it can sometimes last for up to several hours later.
Other possible symptoms
Women with endometriosis can experience a variety of symptoms, where some can experience none at all. Symptoms can vary, but may reflect the area where endometriosis is located. Some other possible endometriosis symptoms include:
1. Do you often experience pelvic or lower back pain before or during your period? Only answer “Yes” if this pain limits your day-to-day activities or requires medication.
2. Do you often experience pelvic or lower back pain in between your periods? Only answer “Yes” if this pain limits your day-to-day activities or requires medication.
3. Do you often experience pain with sex?
4. Do you sometimes avoid sex to avoid pain?
5. Do you often have painful bowel movements before or during your period?
Endometriosis Symptom Quiz Results
If you answered “Yes” to 1 or more of these questions, you could have endometriosis. Even if you answered “No” to all these questions, it is still important to talk to your doctor or healthcare provider about all your symptoms and your medical concerns.
Bring your results to your next doctor appointment to help talk about your symptoms. These aren't the only symptoms associated with endometriosis. To learn more about symptoms, click here. This can help your gynecologist identify whether or not you have endometriosis.
This guide can help explain your pain symptoms in a way your doctor can understand.
If you have any of these other conditions, speak with your doctor, because the symptoms of these other conditions could also be signs of endometriosis.
Uterine fibroids (UF):
*Based on a retrospective study in a tertiary university medical center of 131 patients with diagnosed uterine fibroids between September 2002 and January 2006.
Painful bladder syndrome (Interstitial cystitis):
Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS):
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID):
Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is an infection of the female reproductive organs in the pelvic area. PID is a condition that can cause chronic pelvic pain and other symptoms, similar to endometriosis.
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS):
Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) is a common condition that affects the large intestine. Some symptoms of IBS can be similar to endometriosis.
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