Symptoms Of Endometriosis Learn The Signs Of Endometriosis

Symptoms Of Endometriosis – Learn The Signs Of Endometriosis

By: - Disease & Illness - November 22, 2011
symptoms of endometriosis learn the signs of endometriosis

Endometriosis is a female only condition where the tissues that normally grow in the womb, grow somewhere else internally on the body. This is a very painful condition that can cause irregular bleeding as well as possibly infertility. There is no cure for endometriosis and no known cause. The symptoms of endometriosis can be treated in order to make you more comfortable when it flares up.

As mentioned above, there is no known cause of endometriosis. Doctors do know how it forms, however. There is a special kind of tissue in the uterus called endometrial cells. These cells are what make up the lining of the uterus and what sheds each month during the monthly menstrual cycle. For some reason, in women who have endometriosis, this tissue ends up in other areas of the body, like the ovaries, bowel, bladder, and fallopian tubes. In fact, they have even been found in the extremities like the arms and legs of women. Though no one knows how or why these tissues get there, they do know that each month, just as the menstrual cycle happens, the endometrial cells respond, causing a lot of pain and discomfort in some of these areas.

There are several theories as to the cause of endometriosis. One theory is that during your period, these cells somehow get pushed back up into the fallopian tubes and into the pelvic area. Once there, they find a spot, multiply and grow larger. Other researchers say that this cannot be due to the fact that there is evidence that most women experience this retrograde menstruation and most women do not have endometriosis. Another theory is that endometriosis is genetic.

There are some risk factors of endometriosis as well. Risk factors include starting your period at a young age, never bearing children, have frequent periods that last 7 days or more and those who may have had a closed hymen. Most cases of endometriosis typically happen in the teen years but most women are not diagnosed until they are in their late 20s or early 30s.

Pain will be one of the main signs of endometriosis.  Other symptoms of endometriosis include: pain in the lower abdomen, cramp a week or before your period is due and severe cramps during your period, pain during intercourse, pain when urinating during your period, pain with bowel movements and pelvic or lower back pain during your period. The problem is that many of these symptoms can be the same symptoms you will experience with other conditions. Some women have no signs of endometriosis which can also make diagnosing difficult. Since the cells and growths from endometriosis can end up in places that are unknown in the body, you may have it right now and never even realize because you may have none of the normal symptoms of endometriosis. It is also possible to have mild symptoms of endometriosis that you may be mistaking for bad cramps during your period.

Treatment for endometriosis will depend on several factors. Age, severity of symptoms of disease and rather or not you want children in the future will all come into play.  If you have mild symptoms, you will probably be ok with pain relievers during the time of your menstrual cycle, but if your symptoms are more severe, more drastic measures may need to be taken, including surgery.