Painful cramping, infertility and heavy bleeding are all signs of endometriosis — but women sometimes visit 4-6 different obstetrics and gynecological doctors before they are properly diagnosed with this all-too common condition. More than 10 million women are suffering from endometriosis, which is a gynecological condition in which the cells from the uterine lining begin growing in the pelvic region. March is Endo Awareness Month, and we want to highlight the signs and symptoms of this painful condition.
- Painful Cramping
According to the Mayo Clinic, women who are suffering from endometriosis often complain of severe cramping during their menstrual cycle. While cramping is quite normal during menstruation, women with endometriosis suffer from more severe cramps that begin earlier and last longer throughout the cycle.
- Pelvic Pain
Pelvic pain during menstruation is also another symptom of endometriosis. In some cases, the pain is so severe that is extends to the lower back and abdominal region. This pain is often caused by the cells from the uterine lining that are developing in the pelvis as the endometriosis progresses.
- Heavy Bleeding
Women who have endometriosis often have heavier than normal periods. Excessive bleeding during menstruation can include bleeding significantly at one point in time, or experiencing heavy bleeding for many days in a row. In addition, some women also have heavy bleeding in between periods. Any excessive bleeding should be reported to your doctor.
Given the nature of endometriosis, it often can prevent a woman from becoming pregnant. Some women are not experiencing severe signs or symptoms of this condition, but find that they have a difficult time conceiving. In many cases, women are first diagnosed with endometriosis because they are seeking treatment for infertility.
- Pain During Intercourse
Women who are experiencing pain during intercourse should note that this is not a normal experience, especially if it is occurring on a frequent basis. Painful intercourse, or pelvic pain immediately following intercourse, can be a sign of endometriosis.
This is not something you have to stay silent about, there are treatment options available to you that can help you feel better. You do not have to suffer from these painful and uncomfortable symptoms. If you feel that you exhibit one or more of these symptoms, Plaza OB/GYN is here to help.
Endometriosis Specialist Houston
Plaza OB/GYN and endometriosis specialist Houston Dr. Isam Balat help women overcome endometriosis and its symptoms. Dr. Isam Balat is an endometriosis specialist Houston who is a lifetime member of the Endometriosis Association. We can help diagnose your condition, and can provide you with the treatment options that are available to you. It should be noted that there are medical treatments available to patients, and also surgical treatment options for those who are interested. Contact Plaza OB/GYN to learn more and set up an appointment.
As a lifetime member of the Endometriosis Association, Dr. Balat's expertise as a Houston endometriosis specialist has helped women manage, treat, and overcome the symptoms of endometriosis.Get help