Excruciating Pelvic Pain?
It could be endometriosis.
One of the leading causes of infertility is a condition called endometriosis – where tissue that normally grows inside your uterus grows on the outside instead. The pain is intense and can appear before, during and after your period starts.
Symptoms of endometriosis may include:
- Cramps and menstrual pain
- Pelvic pain
- Heavy bleeding during your period or irregular bleeding
- Pain during or after sexual intercourse
- Painful bowel movements or urination
Between 5 and 10 percent of women have endometriosis. With early diagnosis and treatment, endometriosis can be managed.
What are the risk factors for endometriosis?
Although any woman may develop endometriosis, the following women seem to be at an increased risk for the disease:
- Women who have a mother, sister or daughter with the disease
- Women who gave birth for the first time after age 30
- White women
- Women with an abnormal uterus