What are the symptoms of Endometriosis?
The commonly reported symptoms of endometriosis include:
- Mild/moderate/severe pain before/during/after periods
- Mild/moderate/severe pain at ovulation time
- Painful intercourse
- Heavy, prolonged or irregular bleeding
- Loss of large clots
- Loss of stale brown blood before and/or after periods
- Bowel problems
- Bladder problems
- Pre-menstrual tension and mood swings
- Low energy levels, lethargy, insomnia
- Pain at any time
- Swollen abdomen
- Low body temperature
An additional complication with endometriosis is that the severity of the symptoms doesn’t always correlate with the extent of the disease itself. Therefore, symptoms alone cannot be used to diagnose the extent of any endometriosis present. NOT all women experience pain. NOT all women are infertile. So far there is no accepted explanation for this phenomenon.
Endometriosis is sometimes found during investigation of other problems, such as investigations for infertility, or any other surgical procedures involving the abdomen, i.e: appendectomy.