Endometriosis occurs when the type of tissue that forms the lining of the uterus (the endometrium) is found outside the uterus. While some degree of cramping, nausea, other symptoms are common during a woman’s period, endometriosis manifests itself in more severe forms. And these symptoms aren’t always contained to your period – women with endometriosis may experience pain, bleeding, and other complications throughout their menstrual cycle.
You’re not alone. Endometriosis affects roughly 10% of women of all ages and backgrounds during their reproductive years.
Here’s what many women experience with endometriosis:
- Difficulty conceiving
- Discomfort during intercourse
- Heavy menstrual bleeding (menorrhagia)
- Severe cramps and pelvic pain (dysmenorrhea)
- Lower abdomen pain/painful bowel movements
- Vaginal Bleeding between periods (menometrorrhagia)
With treatment methods including medication, hormone therapy, and surgery, an open conversation with your ObGyn will help you determine the best treatment option and get back to feeling like yourself again.
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