Endometriosis is a disorder where tiny islets of endometrium grow outside the uterus, usually in the abdomen, fallopian tubes, outer surface of the uterus, pelvis, ovaries. When you menstruate, these uterine tissues bleed the same way it would if it were inside your uterus, thickening, breaking down, and bleeding. This bleeding into surrounding tissue causes inflammation and can be extremely painful.
Symptoms may start between 7 to 12 days before menstruation and often become excruciatingly painful during menstruation.
Symptoms of Endometriosis
- Pain immediately before and during your period
- Abdominal, back and/or pelvic pain
- Pain on urination, passing wind or bowel movements
- Ovulation pain, including pain in your thigh or leg
- Heavy bleeding, with or without clots
- Irregular bleeding,
- Bleeding longer than normal
- Bleeding before your period is due
- Mood changes