Top 5 Warning Signs of Endometriosis

Top 5 Warning Signs of Endometriosis

Are your periods heavier than normal and your cramps more than just a background nuisance? These, and other warning signs, may point toward endometriosis, which may affect 11% of women between the ages of 15 and 44.

Here at Caring for Women’s Health, we specialize in helping women with endometriosis. Under the experienced and watchful eye of Dr. Lori Davidson, we help patients in Greenwood, Indiana, get to the bottom of their problem, and more importantly, find ways to treat it, helping them get on with their lives.

To find out whether you may be suffering from endometriosis, here are the top 5 warning signs you should be on the lookout for.

1. Hard to ignore

The first, and most obvious, sign that endometriosis may have developed is pain, pure and simple. Endometriosis is a condition in which your endometrial lining develops on the outside of your uterus, often draping itself over whatever is closest, including your fallopian tubes, your ovaries, the outside of your uterus, and your surrounding pelvic walls.

The problem is that as you go through your menstrual cycle, the lining acts as if it were inside your uterus, thickening in anticipation of receiving a fertilized egg. Then the inflamed lining attempts to shed out, except there’s no exit, which leaves it trapped inside your pelvis, causing moderate-to-severe pain in many cases.

2. Heavy bleeding

Heavy bleeding, which is also called menorrhagia, is another sign of endometriosis. As your tissue continues to grow without shedding out, you can experience more bleeding as a result. So if you’re soaking through your tampons or pads at an alarming rate, or bleeding for a week or more, you should have us check to see whether endometriosis may be at the root of the problem.

It’s worth noting, however, that some women with endometriosis have very light periods, so heavy bleeding isn’t the only sign to watch out for, and it may be caused by something entirely different.

3. Painful sex

Another common warning flag of endometriosis is pain during or after sex. When your partner penetrates you, they may unwittingly stretch the endometrial tissue that lies outside your uterus and behind your vaginal walls. This effect can grow worse as your tissue begins to turn into adhesions, or scar tissue, which is more painful when it’s stretched or pulled.

4. Infertility

Endometriosis is one of the leading causes of infertility for several reasons. First, since part of the lining that’s supposed to receive your fertilized egg lies outside your uterus, you may experience difficulties with conception.

As well, with every cycle, the tissue becomes more inflamed and may block your fallopian tubes or interrupt the release of your eggs from your ovaries. Endometrial tissue may also block sperm from reaching your egg.

In other words, the effect endometriosis has on your fertility is manyfold, and only through investigation can we pinpoint the problem.

5. Digestive issues

Depending upon the extent of your endometriosis, you may experience gastrointestinal problems, which range from bloating and constipation to nausea and diarrhea. In fact, many women experience pain during bowel movements or urination, especially during their periods.

If your endometrial tissue starts to affect the function of your bladder or intestines, these symptoms can become more pronounced and often mimic standalone gastrointestinal issues. This means that if you’re experiencing problems with your digestive tract, along with any of the four other warning signs we reviewed above, you should make an appointment to come see us so we can figure out whether endometriosis is at play.

To learn more about endometriosis visit You will find information on the disease and can take a short endometriosis symptoms quiz.

To get started, please give us a call or use the online scheduling tool on this website to request a consultation with Dr. Davidson.

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