Endometriosis is a common health problem in women, and it the tissue lining the uterus grows outside of it on other organs or structures in the body.
Most often, endometriosis is found on the:
- Fallopian tubes
- Tissues that hold the uterus in place
- Outer surface of the uterus
- Lining of the pelvic cavity
Other places for growths can include the vagina, cervix, vulva, bowel, bladder, or rectum. In the most rare instances, endometriosis has been found in other parts of the body, such as the lungs, brain, and skin.
Some of the symptoms of endometriosis include:
- Very painful menstrual cramps; pain may get worse over time
- Chronic pain in the lower back and pelvis
- Pain during or after sex
- Intestinal pain
- Painful bowel movements or painful urination during menstrual periods
- Spotting or bleeding between menstrual periods
- Infertility or not being able to get pregnant
- Diarrhea, constipation, bloating, or nausea, especially during menstrual periods
Please make an appointment with Dr. Jon T. Ricks if you are experiencing these symptoms.