Endometriosis is a condition where cells similar to those that line the womb – grow and embed outside of the womb causing pain, inflammation and also in some cases a difficulty in falling pregnant. Endometrial tissue is shed each month during menstruation. Areas of endometrial tissue found in ectopic locations are called endometrial implants. These lesions are most commonly found on the ovaries, cervix and fallopian tubes. Rarely, endometriosis can occur outside the pelvis. Endometriosis is classified into one of four stages based upon the exact location, extent, and depth of the endometriosis implants as well as the presence and severity of scar tissue and the presence and size of endometrial implants in the ovaries. Endometriosis tends to have period pain as a symptom hence can be mistaken for simply period pain. Below are symptoms of endometriosis.
1. Pelvic pain that may worsen during menstruation
2. Painful intercourse
3. Painful bowel movements or urination
5. Pelvic pain during menstruation or ovulation can be a symptom of endometriosis, but may also occur in normal women.