What are the symptoms of Endometriosis?

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THIS IS ENDOMETRIOSIS by GEORGIE WILEMAN 

Please note, I am not a healthcare professional. I'm just someone who lives with endometriosis, and the information I'm sharing here comes from my experience, from knowledge that has been shared with me by healthcare professionals, and also from studies, articles, films, and podcasts that I've come across. 


Symptoms Include

We're individuals and so are our experiences, meaning that symptoms vary from person to person.

However, common symptoms may include:
  • Pain in your lower tummy or back (pelvic pain) ~ this pain can be present at all times, and is usually worse during periods
  • Pain in your legs ~ between or during periods 
  • Period pain that stops you doing normal activities
  • Pain during sex or after sex
  • Irregular periods  
  • Painful bowel movements 
  • Pain when urinating 
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Unstable moods 
  • Nausea
  • Constipation, diarrhoea, or blood in your pee or poo during your period 
  • You may also have very heavy periods ~ you might use lots of pads or tampons, or you may bleed through your clothes
  • Severe bloating
  • Hot flushes 


Associated Conditions

People may also develop the following:  
  • Chronic fatigue 
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Organ dysfunction 
  • Infertility or difficulty getting pregnant ~ "About half of women with unexplained infertility have Endometriosis" (EndoWhat film)
  • Interstitial Cystitis (IC)
  • Pelvic Floor Muscular Dysfunction
  • Thyroid Problems
  • Gastritis 
  • Adenomyosis 

If you'd like to read about my experience with endometriosis, I've written all about it here.  

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