Symptoms & Facts

Symptoms of Endometriosis Include: 

  • Debilitating period pain
  • Intermittent pelvic or abdominal pain at any time during cycle
  • Infertility, miscarriage or ectopic (tubal) pregnancy
  • Pain associated with sexual intercourse, if active
  • Allergies which tendency to worsen around time of period
  • Family history of endometriosis
  • Gastrointestinal upset and discomfort during cycle, sometimes misdiagnosed as “irritable bowel syndrome”
  • Bladder pain or discomfort, particularly during period; may be misdiagnosed as a urinary tract infection or interstitial cystitis

Know the Facts:

  • Endometriosis is nothing to be embarassed about
  • Endometriosis can affect teens and women of all ages, even those as young as 10 and as old as 85.
  • Hysterectomy, menopause and pregnancy are NOT cures for Endometriosis. In fact, there is no definitive cure.
  • No one really knows for sure what causes Endometriosis, but research points to different factors like heredity, immunology, and exposure to environmental toxicants.
  •  Endometriosis can only be diagnosed via surgery (laparoscopy); diagnostic tests like MRIs and ultrasounds are not definitive.
  • Treatments such as GnRH therapy (Lupron) should never be administered in patients under 18 or before a surgical diagnosis.