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Endometriosis Signs and Symptoms

Endometriosis is a painful condition where the lining of the uterine tissue attaches itself to other tissues and organs. Endometrial tissue may appear in the fallopian tubes or on the ovaries, or it may attach itself to the outer walls of the uterus.  In rare cases, it may travel outside the pelvic region and appear in the digestive organs, bladder and other areas.  We have put together a list of common signs and symptoms of endometriosis below.

Also, we have information on diagnosis, supportive natural therapies, helpful books and valuable resources for patients.

The Most Common Signs and Symptoms of Endometriosis include:

  • Heavy painful periods
  • Pain in the lower abdomen and back associated with menstruation
  • Painful sexual intercourse
  • Digestive problems
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Anemia
  • Infertility
  • Painful bowel movements

The pelvic pain experienced by women with endometriosis can vary in location, depending on where the endometrial masses are located.  The pain is at its worst during ovulation, menstruation and sexual intercourse.

Endometriosis is thought to be autoimmune in nature, since women with endometriosis have higher levels of antibodies that target their own ovaries and endometrial tissue.



Diagnosis of Endometriosis

An accurate diagnosis of endometriosis relies on a direct visual inspection of the pelvis and abdomen, as well as a tissue biopsy.  This is most often accomplished by using a laparoscopy, a small thin surgical instrument that is inserted through a small incision in the navel.  Through this method, endometrial adhesions can readily be seen lining the pelvic cavity.  Endometrial implants can show up as tiny dots which look like coffee grounds, or as large masses on the tissues and organs.


Books For Women With Signs and Symptoms of Endometriosis

Reclaim your Life – Your Guide to Aid Healing of Endometriosis
Carolyn Levett
Living Well with Endometriosis: What Your Doctor Doesn’t Tell You…That You Need to Know
Kerry-Ann Morris


Endometriosis For Dummies
Joseph W. Krotec
The Endometriosis Natural Treatment Program: A Complete Self-Help Plan for Improving Health and Well-Being
Valerie Ann Worwood

Endometriosis Resources

General Patient Resources

  • ERC – Endometriosis Research Center

ERC is a non-profit research & resource center for endometriosis & other women’s health issues. Focus is on research, awareness, education & support.

http://www.endocenter.org/

  • Endometriosis Awareness and Information

Help ~ Education ~ Support The best resource for your battle against the disease is just a click away.

http://www.hcgresources.com/endoindex.html

  • Endometriosis . org

Information about endometriosis: symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, pelvic pain, fertility, and coping strategies; breaking medical news; support groups worldwide.

http://endometriosis.org/

  • Endo Zone

Endometriosis resources for women’s health and medical industry experts. The latest women’s healthcare news, research, and forum discussions.

http://www.endometriosiszone.org/



Medical Resources

  • Mayo Clinic

Comprehensive overview covers symptoms, causes, treatment of this common women’s condition.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/endometriosis/DS00289

  • Pub Med Health

Reviews causes, symptoms, treatment and prognosis.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0001913/

  • Endometriosis Association

The Endometriosis Association helps women and girls with the pain and treatment of endometriosis.

http://www.endometriosisassn.org/endo.html