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Many women experience pain in and around the uterus – especially during menstruation. However, pain that is not relieved with over-the-counter medication, pain that increases over time, or pain with intercourse or when using the bathroom can indicate endometriosis, a condition in which the tissue lining the uterus begins to grow outside of it.

Endometriosis is not something you should just try to bear.  First, the pain can be debilitating depending on the severity of your condition. Second, endometriosis can lead to other health issues,  such as a higher risk for infertility or ovarian cancer.

It’s important to be aware of and understand the symptoms of endometriosis to help treat your pain.  Here are some things to consider:

Abnormal menstruation

A common sign of endometriosis is abnormal menstruation — periods that are notably heavy, irregular or painful, as well as spotting between periods.
In some cases, menstrual pain will get worse over time, most commonly into a woman’s 30s and 40s. If you notice increased pain, consult your physician.

Pain during or after intercourse

Another symptom associated with endometriosis is pain in the uterus or abdominal area caused by sex. Don’t assume the pain is normal. Tell your doctor.

GI issues

Pain in the abdomen and lower back, as well as pain during urination and bowel movements when on your period are also common symptoms of endometriosis. Diarrhea, constipation, bloating and nausea during menses can also be suggestive of the disorder.

You don’t have to live with the pain and discomfort. Although the condition can’t be cured, it can be managed. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, visit your gynecologist. He or she will be able to diagnose the condition and help you get back to your daily life, pain-free.

UCF Health offers specialized gynecologic care for women with endometriosis.

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