Do you experience unbearably painful periods? Do you have severe pain in your abdomen or lower back every time your menstrual cycle starts? Are your menstrual cycles characterized by excessive bleeding, painful urination, painful sexual intercourse, or painful bowel movements?
You might want to consider getting checked to see if you are suffering from a condition called endometriosis.
With these symptoms, you should see a gynecologist or female pelvic medicine and reconstructive surgery (FPMRS) physician as soon as possible. At Advanced Urology Institute, we have FPMRS physicians at our Fort Myers center who can provide a proper diagnosis.
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a disorder in which a tissue, similar to the tissue that lines the inside of your uterus, grows in an area outside of it. Although found outside the uterus, the endometrial-like tissue behaves like a typical endometrium. That is, it thickens, breaks down, and bleeds with every menstrual cycle.
Unlike the by-products of normal endometrial tissue, they have no way of leaving your body. That means they are trapped somewhere in your body and eventually result in complications.
They cause severe irritation, pain, and excessive bleeding, particularly during menstrual periods. They may also cause scar tissue and adhesions, making pelvic tissue and organs stick to each other. Ultimately, this condition may interfere with your sex life and even cause infertility.
Learn more about Endometriosis causes and treatment options.