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What are the Symptoms of Endometriosis?

For anyone with endometriosis, the symptoms of this condition can often be debilitating. If you’re wondering whether you may have endometriosis, there are some specific symptoms to talk over with your doctor.

Pain is often the most commonly noticed symptom, mostly due to its severity and the way it recurs every month around or during your period. Pelvic pain and cramping often may begin several days before your period starts, and last for a few days during your period, as well.

Additionally, you could have pain with urination or during bowel movements, most frequently when you’re on your period but also possibly during the rest of the month, too. Your abdomen and lower back might hurt, and you could experience pain during sex, any time throughout the month.

Having pain isn’t the only indication that you might be dealing with endometriosis, though. You could also experience heavy bleeding during your period, and may have bleeding in between periods, as well. If you’re trying to conceive, having endometriosis often causes delays in getting pregnant.

Many people who want to have children but are struggling with infertility are diagnosed with endometriosis during their quest for answers and treatment. This can be frustrating, and understanding what symptoms to look for can help you get a diagnosis more quickly, so you can start exploring options for help and support.

Along with pain, bleeding, and fertility concerns, you may find that having endometriosis causes fatigue, nausea, diarrhea, bloating, or constipation. These are all more likely during your period, but they can occur or worsen at any time of the month. The best way to find out whether you have this condition is to track and monitor your symptoms, and then talk with your doctor.

Getting a proper diagnosis is very important if you’re trying to have children, but you also want to get diagnosed, so you can be treated for pain relief and a better quality of life. With the right medical support you’ll see symptom reduction and feel better all throughout the month, making your periods easier to handle and letting you move on with all the things you want to do.

At The Fertility Institute of San Diego, our practice philosophy is to treat each patient as we would our own family members. The team at our San Diego fertility center knows that you are special, so we treat you as such. We take great pride in being a boutique practice, where our single IVF doctor knows everything about your case and treats you at each visit. She also performs all your ultrasounds and procedures, including egg retrievals and embryo transfers. We combine cutting-edge Western medicine with Eastern alternatives such as acupuncture. If you’d like to learn more, contact us today!

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