5 Common Signs and Symptoms of Endometriosis
Endometriosis is a disease where endometrial tissue is found outside the uterine cavity. Endometriosis most commonly occurs in the lower abdomen and pelvis, but it can appear anywhere in the body.
What causes endometriosis? Unfortunately, this is still unknown. One thought is that during menstruation, there will be a backup of tissue into the fallopian tubes, “reverse menstruation”. Other theories feel the endometrial tissue travels and implants via blood or lymphatic channels just like cancer cells spread. Yikes! We do know that endometriosis can occur as a result of direct transplantation during surgery, as in my case it did get worse after I had a cesarean section. There does appear to be a genetic factor involved as we see it commonly occurring in certain families. My mother and sister both experience a degree of endometriosis but mine is by far the worse within our family!
Why is there pain with this disease? Inflammation and irritation occur when there is blood touching any of the affected organs. Scar tissue can form from endometriosis and create pain in various locations.
5 Signs and Symptoms of Endometriosis
- Abnormally painful abdominal cramps with menstruation.
- Heavy menstrual cycles flow for prolonged days
- Pain during and after sexual activities
- Difficulty emptying the bladder or bowel
One of my favorite endometriosis resources is Nancy’s Nook. The amount of education available is amazing. My biggest takeaway from this resource and that I want to shout from a mountain top is assuming the surgeon is truly trained in disease recognition, distribution, and removal. Certain gynecologists are specially trained for excision surgery, you can find them. Also, I have sought out pelvic floor physical therapy which has been life-changing for my symptoms.