If you suffer from, or know someone who suffers from, endometriosis, you’re aware that the painful condition causes abdominal cramps and chronic headaches as the cells in the uterine lining grow beyond the uterus. Pain is particularly unbearable during menstruation when tissues break down—they can become trapped and form agonizing lesions.
However, many patients are unaware of the other subtle (sometimes early indicators) and unusual signs of endometriosis…
Uncomfortable bouts of constipation met with diarrhea…and oh, the uncomfortable and embarrassing gas and flatulence. This might sound like a case of IBS (or Irritable Bowel Syndrome), however, but symptoms that spring up (or become more severe) only around your menstrual cycle could indicate endometriosis.
According to researchers from the Center for Gynepathology Research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, endometrial growth—or endometrial cells that grow outside of the uterus and form on the bowel can cause chronic and painful gastrointestinal issues. Doctors will have to perform a laparoscopy (take a tissue sample) to determine an endometriosis vs. IBS diagnosis.