Endometriosis is a debilitating and disabling disease that affects 10% of women. Unfortunately, symptoms are so varied that they can cause a delay in diagnosis. Endometriosis is a common disease in which the cells similar to those found in the uterus, are found in other parts of the body. These patches of cells grow and form lesions or patches which bleed and leak fluid in response to the hormones at the time of a period. However, unlike a period, the tissue remains within the body and the bleeds form scar tissue, further lesions, and blood-filled cysts.

Symptoms of Endometriosis Include:

  • heavy menstrual bleeding that may contain clots
  • blood in the urine or bowel motions
  • severe abdominal or pelvic pain which stops  you from participating in work, school, or sport
  • pain during sex
  • ovulation pain
  • pain the legs or lower back
  • period pain that isn’t relieved by usual period pain medication
  • constipation
  • bloating
  • diarrhoea
  • depression
  • anxiety
  • infertility
  • fatigue
  • feeling faint

The average time to diagnosis of endometriosis is 7 years, so it would be helpful to keep a symptom diary for at least 3 months and then take it along to your Doctor. A useful one can be found at: Jean Hailes Period Diary

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