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Telltale Signs of Endometriosis

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Telltale Signs of Endometriosis

Telltale Signs of Endometriosis

What to Look For if You Think You May Have Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a common gynecological condition that affects millions of women worldwide. Unfortunately, it can be challenging to diagnose because the symptoms are often mistaken for other conditions. In this blog post, we will discuss the telltale signs of endometriosis to pay attention to and know when it is time to bring the concern up with your doctor.

What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a chronic and often painful condition that occurs when the tissue that normally lines the uterus (the endometrium) starts to grow outside of the uterus. This can cause inflammation, pain, and scarring. Endometriosis most commonly affects women in their childbearing years—age 25 to 35—but it can also occur in younger and older women.

What Are the Telltale Signs of Endometriosis?

The most common symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain. This pain can be mild or severe and usually occurs during menstruation, but it can also happen at other times during the menstrual cycle. Other symptoms may include:

  • Pain during sex
  • Pain with urination or bowel movements
  • Heavy bleeding during menstruation
  • Bleeding between periods
  • Infertility
  • Fatigue

Endometriosis and Fertility

Endometriosis is one of the most common causes of fertility problems in women. Medical experts suggest that 30 to 50% of women with endometriosis have difficulty getting pregnant. If you are trying to conceive and have any of the above symptoms, be sure to bring them up with your doctor.

Treating Endometriosis

There is currently no cure for endometriosis, but there are treatments that can help lessen the symptoms. These include:

  • Pain medication
  • Hormonal birth control
  • Surgery

If you think you may have endometriosis or if your symptoms are interfering with your quality of life, make an appointment to see your doctor for a routine well-woman visit.

Quality Healthcare for Women in Bishop, CA

At Northern Inyo Healthcare District, our goal is to help women in Bishop, California receive the quality and compassionate healthcare they deserve. To learn more about our Rural Health Women's Clinic or to schedule an appointment, please call (760) 873-5811.