Painful bowel movements, stomach cramps, nausea, and abdominal pain are symptoms that women often associated with poor diet and menstruation. However, sometimes these so-called “normal female aches and pains” can indicate a medical condition known as endometriosis.
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Endometriosis is a chronic women’s disease. It occurs when cells from the lining of the uterus (endometrium) begin to grow outside the uterus in other pelvic organs, such as the ovaries. This can damage the function of other organs, such as the bladder, intestines, and appendix, and even causing permanent infertility.
Surgery will only remove the endometriosis at the time of the surgery, but not stop the growth of new implants of endometriosis. Suppressing a woman’s period (typically with birth control pills) is the only effective treatment to stop the growth and correct the organ damage.
Don’t ignore the following 12 symptoms of endometriosis…
Mild to severe pelvic pain may be your first indication that something may be wrong. Most endometriosis sufferers report waves of pain before, during, or following menstruation.