Endometriosis is a progressive chronic condition that affects many women across the globe. The condition starts forming in the body when comparable cells to those lining the uterus begin forming in other body parts. Endometriosis commonly occurs in the pelvis and can affect a woman’s reproductive organs. Many women develop endometriosis without experiencing symptoms. Therefore, it would be best to undergo continuous testing before the disease spreads further in the body. Here are common signs that indicate it is time to visit an Endometriosis Boynton Beach facility for a checkup:
Painful Periods: The pain will generally start a few days before your periods begin, and may last throughout the menstruation period. Pain caused by endometriosis differs from the usual period pain, which in most cases is not as severe or does not last long.
Painful Sex: During sex, you may experience pain deep inside, which may last for some time after sex.
Difficulty Becoming Pregnant: Endometriosis can reduce fertility in some cases. When you develop this chronic disease, it may cause clumps that can block egg passage from the ovary towards the fallopian tube. Occasionally, reduced fertility may not be apparent, and may require further tests after the first visit to the doctor.
Other Menstrual Symptoms May Develop: When you develop endometriosis, you may experience bleeding when it is not the right time for your periods. For instance, the bleeding can occur between your periods.
Pain in the Pelvic Area and Lower Tummy: Sometimes, you may experience continuous pain, which may worsen before and after your periods.
Other notable symptoms include pain in the lower abdomen when urinating, blood spots in the feces or urine, fatigue, lower back pain, painful experience when passing feces, nausea, vomiting, constipation, and bloating.
Rare symptoms of endometriosis include coughing blood when the disease affects the lungs, headache or seizure when endometriosis reaches the brain, and chest pain.
On some rare occasions, you may experience some patches of endometriosis in other body parts. This may cause unusual pains in various body parts when your periods come.
Complications resulting from endometriosis include:
· Ovarian cysts
· Infertility, which affects typically about 50% of women who develop endometriosis
· A higher risk of developing ovarian cancer
· Scar tissue and adhesion growth
· Bladder and intestinal problems
It can be difficult to diagnose endometriosis when it affects an individual because no specific test can confirm the presence of the disease, especially when the symptoms are not showing.
Possible diagnosis strategies used include:
· A biopsy
· A pelvic exam
· Imaging tests like MRI and ultrasound scan
When you develop endometriosis, symptoms can vary widely depending on where the endometrial tissue is forming. Some women may experience severe symptoms, while the disease may not show any signs for others. When endometriosis develops, it can progress and may show worse symptoms with time. A range of treatments is available at MyDoc Women’s Health Specialists, with each treatment targeted for each person’s unique case. If you have any symptoms related to the disease, please book an appointment and speak with your doctor to get help.