Painful Periods? Consider Endometriosis as Possible Culprit

Painful periods sometimes indicate endometriosis. One in 10 women in the United States have endometriosis, and many do not know it.

“Women with symptoms often do not realize they have the condition until years after experience the symptoms,” says Jillian Henry, MD, Memorial Physician Services – Women’s Healthcare. “It might be difficult to continue your regular routine, and your loved ones may not fully understand the extent of the pain you’re feeling.”

“While discomfort from monthly periods is common, endometriosis is extremely painful and sometimes debilitating. Endometriosis occurs when the tissue that normally grows on the lining of the uterus grows elsewhere like the ovaries, behind the uterus or on the bowels and bladder.”

The effects can be heavy, painful periods and infertility. The pain is most often felt in the abdomen, lower back and lower pelvis. In some instances, women do not have symptoms and only learn of their diagnosis when trying to get pregnant.

“They are afraid to talk about their pain and try to deal with it on their own, but it’s important to discuss these problems with your doctor,” added Dr. Henry, who is accepting new patients.

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month in order to raise awareness of this condition.

Experience painful periods or menstrual cramps?

Speak with your gynecologist or find a doctor.