May 29, 2023
The Signs and Symptoms of Endometriosis
Did you know that 6.5 million women have endometriosis? That’s 11% of all women in the United States.
You might be among them if you’re struggling with menstrual pain, fertility, and frequent cysts.
The Signs and Symptoms of Endometriosis: Nobody deserves to live life in constant pain. The first step toward finding relief is understanding the signs and symptoms of endometriosis. From there, a women’s health professional from MiBella Wellness Services can help you create an individualized treatment plan.
We’ve created this brief guide to help you understand what endometriosis looks and feels like so you can pursue the help you deserve. Read on to learn more about this surprisingly common diagnosis.
Signs and Symptoms of Endometriosis
Endometriosis is a woman’s reproductive disorder impacting the ovaries, uterus, pelvis, and fallopian tubes. In this disorder, uterine tissue (called endometrial tissue) forms in places it shouldn’t. When it naturally sheds, it has no place to go, causing cysts, adhesions, irritation, and scar tissue.
The most common symptom is severe pain, particularly during your menstrual period. Many women go undiagnosed because they believe they’re experiencing normal period cramping. It’s common to receive a diagnosis while trying and struggling to conceive.
If pain impacts your quality of life or worsens over time, bring it up with a professional at MiBella Wellness Center.
Other common endometriosis symptoms include:
- Lower back pain
- Abdominal pain
- Pain during or after sex
- Excessive menstrual blood during periods
- Difficulty conceiving
The quality of your pain does not necessarily correlate to the severity of your condition. It’s possible to experience severe pain with a mild case of endometriosis. Some women with severe endometriosis barely experience pain at all.
Because endometriosis is inconsistent, seeking treatment is essential if you suspect you may have this condition. If left unaddressed, it can get worse over time. The first step is a gynecologist or women’s health professional diagnosis.
Your doctor will begin by taking a medical history and performing a pelvic exam. From there, they may order special imaging tests such as an ultrasound or MRI. Sometimes, your doctor might perform an ambulatory laparoscopy to collect a tissue sample.
You’ll work with your doctor to create a treatment plan. They may prescribe medication, including hormone therapy. In many cases, women benefit from surgical procedures.
Every case is different. Your treatment plan may vary based on whether or not you are trying to get pregnant. Discuss your needs with your doctor at your next visit to MiBella Wellness Center.
Relief from Endometrial Pain
If you’re struggling with the signs and symptoms of endometriosis, you deserve help from an experienced and compassionate practitioner. The first step toward relief is a diagnosis. It’s still possible to begin the process and get your desired answers.
MiBella offers a range of women’s health services that will help you feel your best, even if you’re living with endometriosis. Relief from pain is on the horizon.