Many girls and women have Endometriosis and don’t even know it. I sure didn’t. I’d never even heard of it. Endo-what? More on what Endometriosis is and what it does can be found here.
So what are the red flags of Endometriosis? If I only knew about this list prior to my diagnosis, I would have gone to my doctor years ago! I met every single one of these symptoms!! Every. Single. One.
You may have Endometriosis if you have any of the following issues:
- Painful periods (some classify their pain as severe or crippling)
- Chronic pelvic pain (even when not during period)
- Pain during ovulation
- Heavy periods
- Lengthy periods
- Irregular bleeding or spotting
- Bloating, especially around your period
- Experience pain during or after sex
- Painful bowel movements
- Pain when urinating
- A personal history of urinary tract infections
- Diarrhea or constipation, especially around your period
- Lower back pain
- Sciatica pain
Think you, or someone you know, may have Endometriosis? Now what?
To date, there isn’t a non-invasive way to officially diagnosis Endometriosis; the doctors must surgically open you up and see it…BUT there are questions, pelvic exams, imaging studies, etc. that may help your doctor determine if you may have it. More on that can be found here.
And most importantly : you are NOT alone. This condition effects 176 million women worldwide. And we are all in this together. Embrace your community of EndoSisters. We are all strong. And still beautiful.
~ Again, I am a layman. I do not hold any college degrees, nor mastery of knowledge. Please take what I say with a grain of salt. If curious, do your own research 😉 Validate my writings. Or challenge them. And ALWAYS feel free to consult with your physician. Always. Yours ~ Lisa