Endometriosis is a reproductive disorder characterized primarily by pain. Approximately 1 in 10 women have endometriosis, and it is one of the most common reasons that women see a fertility specialist.
Endometriosis is defined as the presence of endometrial tissue outside of the uterus. It can cause pelvic pain both during and outside of your menstrual cycle and can be very disruptive to your daily life.
Ask yourself these questions to help determine if you may have endometriosis:
1. DO YOU HAVE PAINFUL PERIODS?
- Do you take pain relievers preemptively during your period to prevent or help to lessen pain?
- Has pain during your period become progressively worse?
- Does the pain you experience during your period cause you to alter your schedule or change your daily activities?
- Does pain persist even between your periods?
2. DO YOU EXPERIENCE PAIN DURING SEX?
- Does having sex with your partner make you anxious or fearful due to the pain?
3. DO YOU HAVE A FAMILY HISTORY OF ENDOMETRIOSIS?
- Does your mother, sister or aunt have endometriosis?
4. HAVE YOU HAD TROUBLE GETTING PREGNANT?
- Are you under the age of 35 and been trying for more than 12 months with no success?
- Are you over the age of 35 and been trying for more than 6 months with no success?
5. DO YOU HAVE OTHER SYMPTOMS OR HEALTH CONCERNS THAT COULD BE RELATED TO ENDOMETRIOSIS?
- Do you experience diarrhea, constipation, painful urination or blood in your urine?
- Do you experience bloating or nausea?
- Do you have abnormal periods that are more than seven days or come with a heavy flow?
- Have you experienced fatigue or a change in your personality?
Talk to Your Doctor About Endometriosis
It is important to tell your gynecologist about your pain and other symptoms, even if it does not turn out to be endometriosis in the end. Being open and honest with your doctor about suspicions or questions you have will help to diagnose any problems as soon as possible and begin a treatment plan.
A fertility specialist can help you navigate getting pregnant with endometriosis. Schedule a consultation with one of our doctors to discuss your specific needs and situation.