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Endometriosis symptoms
Health 24.02.20 

Endometriosis Symptoms

Endometriosis Symptoms

Endometriosis can be an often painful disorder in which tissue similar to the tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus (the endometrium) grows outside your uterus. Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, fallopian tubes and the tissue lining your pelvis. Rarely, endometrial tissue may spread beyond pelvic organs. Continue reading to find out endometriosis symptoms and what to do if you are experiencing any.

Endometriosis Symptoms

The symptoms of endometriosis can vary. Some women are badly affected, while others might not have any noticeable symptoms.

The main symptoms of endometriosis are:

  • Lower stomach or back pain (pelvic pain), that gets worse during your period
  • Period pain that stops you doing your normal activities
  • Pain during or after sex
  • Pain when peeing or pooing during your period
  • Feeling nauseous, constipation, diarrhoea, or blood in your urine
  • Difficulty getting pregnant
  • Heavy periods

Endometriosis can have a big impact on your life and may sometimes lead to feelings of depression.

When to Visit a Doctor

If you are experiencing one or more of the symptoms above, it is important that you book an appointment with your doctor. It is recommended that you write down your symptoms before seeing a doctor.  You can download a pain and symptoms diary provided by Endometriosis UK here.

Endometriosis Enquiry 2020

In 2020, the government launched an enquiry into endometriosis. The inquiry will see patients and healthcare practitioners share their first-hand experiences and advise the Government on what steps need to be taken to ensure people with endometriosis are getting the right care at the right time.

The news follows a study conducted by the BBC which highlighted the potentially devastating impact endometriosis can have – including on education, career, and mental health, with around half stating they have experienced suicidal thoughts.

The new inquiry, led by the APPG (All Party Parliamentary Group) on Endometriosis with support from Endometriosis UK, will investigate the many challenges facing those with endometriosis, and what steps the Government needs to take to turn this around.

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