June 17, 2004
Fibroids & Endometriosis
Symptoms of Endometriosis
Endometriosis can present with a wide variety of
symptoms. The types of symptoms and degree of severity depend on
where the implants are located. Interestingly, 30 percent of women
with endometriosis experience no symptoms at all and find out only
incidentally that they have the problem. The other 70 percent of
affected women can find endometriosis quite disabling, experiencing
severe and recurrent symptoms. The most common symptoms are described
in the following paragraphs.
Menstrual Cramps and Pain. About 60 percent
of women with endometriosis suffer from progressively worsening
menstrual cramps. Chronic pelvic pain is caused by bleeding from
the implants, adhesions, and inflammation of the affected areas.
Some women also suffer from pain at ovulation.
Infertility. Studies have shown that about
30 percent of women with endometriosis are unable to conceive. It
can cause infertility by scarring and obstructing the fallopian
tubes so they cannot pick up the egg, or by scarring the ovaries
so that they cannot produce the egg.
Abnormal bleeding. Abnormal bleeding, including
premenstrual spotting and excessive menstrual flow, occurs in approximately
30 percent of all women with endometriosis. This occurs because
progesterone levels are not present at normal levels. Menstrual
cycles may also be irregular.
Rectal and Bladder involvement. Endometrial
implants that invade the bowel can cause constipation, painful bowel
movements, and rectal bleeding. If endometriosis invades the bladder,
symptoms such as urinary frequency, pain during urination, and blood
in the urine during menstruation may be present.
Endometrial cysts. These cysts, also called
chocolate cysts, are filled with old blood and endometrial cells.
They trend to grow fast and leak blood, causing great pain.
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