​Early Symptoms of Endometriosis: 7 Warning Signs Women Should Know by Samantha Bowick

​Early Symptoms of Endometriosis: 7 Warning Signs Women Should Know

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month. Endometriosis is a disease that affects at least 176 million women worldwide. Endometriosis is characterized as having tissue similar to the endometrium – the tissue that lines the uterus – in other places such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bowels and pelvic wall, among others. This tissue should normally be expelled by the body, but with endometriosis, it is unable to exit, causing severe pain and other symptoms. Here are seven signs that a woman may have endometriosis and should consult a specialist:

  • Period pain that is not characterized as cramping. This is pain that makes you miss work, school, events and forces you to lay in bed.
  • Heavy periods.
  • Painful intercourse.
  • Painful bowel movements and diarrhea or constipation.
  • Pelvic pain even when you don’t have your period.
  • Nausea/vomiting/bloating.
  • Infertility/hormone imbalances.

All women who have endometriosis do not necessarily have all these symptoms; however, if you experience one or more of these symptoms regularly, consider seeing a specialist to rule out the possibility of endometriosis. Learn more at HormonesMatter.com.

The information on 30Seconds.com is for informational and entertainment purposes only, and should not be considered medical advice. The information provided through this site should not be used to diagnose or treat a health problem or disease and is not a substitute for professional care. Always consult your personal health care provider.

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Elisa All Schmitz 30Seconds
I never knew much about this. Can't believe it's so prevalent. Thank you for the insight!
Samantha Bowick
Elisa, thank you so much for reading and your kind words!
Donna John
I dealt with the pain of endometriosis years ago. It's awful. Thanks for educating the tribe about this disease, Samantha Bowick . And welcome!
Samantha Bowick
I'm so sorry to hear you've dealt with endometriosis, Donna. It is awful. You're welcome, thank you so much!
Ann Marie Gardinier Halstead
Thank you for helping to raise awareness, Samantha Bowick . Welcome to our community of writers!
Samantha Bowick
You're welcome. Thank you so much, Ann Marie!

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