10 Clear Signs That You May Have Endometriosis
Many women living with endometriosis do not even realize that they have it, and a major lack of communication is often to blame.
Sexual health can be a bit of a touchy topic that leaves many women feeling embarrassed about their body, but there is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of. By voicing your concerns about your sexual health and concerning symptoms, you can finally find a solution to endometriosis that is right for you.
What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a disorder that is characterized by having the lining of your uterus (the endometrium) on the outside of the uterus rather than on the inside where it belongs. The tissue of the endometrium builds up and breaks down just like it normally would inside of the uterus during a menstrual cycle, but because this tissue does not have a way to exit the body through the uterus and vaginal canal it can cause a lot of problems.
Several pelvic organs can become affected by endometriosis. Typically, you will see the development of cysts, scar tissue, or adhesions around the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and other pelvic organs. In rare cases, endometriosis may also spread outside of the pelvic organs.
What Are the Symptoms of Endometriosis?
Pain is perhaps the most common symptom of endometriosis. Although many women experience pain during their period, pain caused by endometriosis is often much more excruciating than your usual cramps. Other symptoms that often accompany a diagnosis of endometriosis include:
- Pelvic pain or leg cramping that begins prior to your period and continues well after your period has ended
- Pain of the lower back or abdomen
- Excessive bleeding or unusually heavy periods
- Pain during or after intercourse
- Pain with urination or bowel movements
- Diarrhea or constipation
- Nausea or vomiting
When Should I Seek Treatment for My Endometriosis?
The short answer – right away. If you believe that you may have endometriosis, it is important to speak with your gynecologist in order to discuss proper treatment methods so that you can find relief from the extremely painful symptoms associated with this disorder.
There is no current cure for endometriosis, but there are a variety of methods available to ease your painful symptoms and make your daily life much more enjoyable.
Please contact Women’s Health Services of Central Virginia today at (434) 239-7890 to schedule an appointment with one of our excellent gynecological care experts who can help to diagnose and treat your endometriosis.