5 Of The Most Common Symptoms Of EndometriosisApril 5 2018
New research has found that 41 percent of Australians have never heard of endometriosis, a debilitating disease in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside of the reproductive organs causing debilitating pain and infertility.
The survey of 1000 people – commissioned by Red Agency in partnership with Endometriosis Australia – found a significant lack of awareness despite the fact that 700,000 Australian women will suffer from the disease in their lifetime.
Many of the common signs of endo are sometimes overlooked or attributed to other health issues. These are the symptoms you should question.
1. Painful periods
Plenty of us have cramps around our periods, but consistent, debilitating pain is not normal. If you’ve had to stay home from work or school because you’re in agony, it’s time to speak to a medical professional.
2. Ovulation pain
For some women suffering from endometriosis, the pain doesn’t end when their period does. If you’re experiencing aching and cramping mid-cycle (while you’re ovulating) it might be a sign that something is amiss.
3. Painful intercourse
Pain during or after sex can be put down to a range of issues but if you’re experiencing it alongside other symptoms get it checked out.
4. Gastrointestinal and urinary issues
Endo can cause constipation, diarrhea, and pain with bowel movements, so it can often be misdiagnosed as Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Also, if you’re noticing the need to urinate frequently or having trouble holding on when you have a full bladder, speak to your doctor.
5. Fertility issues
Plenty of women are first diagnosed with endometriosis when they seek treatment for fertility issues. According to the Mayo Clinic, approximately one-third to one-half of women with the disease have difficulty getting pregnant.
Even though there isn’t a “cure” for endometriosis, it’s still crucial to know your diagnosis as early as possible. Not only will it help you find the best treatment option possible, but it may give you more time to think about and preserve your fertility.
If you experience any or a couple of symptoms above, schedule an appointment with a medical professional.
Sourced from Women’s Health.