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A Pain You Can't Ignore: Endometriosis

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The Top 10 Symptoms of Endometriosis

  • Pelvic pain before, during, or after menstruation or during ovulation
  • Intestinal pain during your period
  • Pain while urinating
  • Pain and/or bleeding during or after sexual intercourse
  • Pain in the lower-back region
  • Frequent diarrhea or constipation, often in connection with menstruation
  • Abdominal bloating in connection with your period
  • Heavy or irregular bleeding
  • Fatigue
  • Infertility

If you have one or more of these symptoms, talk with your ob-gyn about the possibility of endometriosis.


Originally published in FITNESS magazine, September 2009.


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L2h9c10 wrote:

For the 6 years before I was diagnosed I had been running a lot and had built up to doing marathons and started training for an ultra marathon. I am sure that the training I was doing was right. However, whilst exercise does help and has to be a positive, lay off during the period itself. I am convinced that retrograde menses through the fallopian tubes and into the abdominal cavity is increased with long high intensity sport during your period.

5/1/2014 10:32:29 AM Report Abuse
gapgirl2981 wrote:

Wow! I wish I could say the sentence below was true for me,I suffered Excrutiating pain due to my endometriosis after running, so bad that I was passed out on my yoga mat unable to finish the workout, I would take extreme caution when excersing. " the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle found that high-intensity workouts, such as running, biking, and playing tennis, three or more times a week slashed endometriosis risk by 76 percent.."

11/9/2012 06:14:25 PM Report Abuse
stbowen0079 wrote:

I was just diagnosed with endometritis. I have only ever had mild cramps, three weeks ago I awoke, could barely walk. A few days later,could't walk. I do not know if this is a correct diagnosis, but I do know, three weeks I feel as if someone is reaching up and is trying to pull my uterus out by their bear hands. I go in for a second opinion in a few days and pray for anyone who has gone though this for more than a month, you are blessed with a greater threashold than I.

9/25/2012 11:00:50 PM Report Abuse
Krissy916 wrote:

A year ago I had laproscopic surgery due to painful periods & discovered that I have endometriosis. My uterus was bound to my bowels & I had extensive scarring. I'm 26 & recently married. Praying that this will not affect our ability to conceive. I am being treated by seasonal birth control, but hope to come off them soon to start TTC. I still experience intense pain during my periods. Often getting sick or feeling like I may pass out. I have never had the system of painful intercourse.

5/1/2012 02:15:44 PM Report Abuse
alweil wrote:

i am 70 now, 10 yrs ago i had a hysterectomy after spotting and ultrasound, my doc of 15 yrs said somethings wrong and i had the surgery & then finding out that i had endometriosis and probably had it for many yrs, i started my periods at 12 and it was hell from then on for me, docs thenjust said take aspirin, i was so sick and could not stay in school on those days

10/29/2009 12:49:23 AM Report Abuse

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