Symptoms of Endometriosis

The most common symptoms of endo are:

  • Pain before and during periods (usually worse than “normal” menstrual cramps)
  • Pain during or after sexual activity
  • Painful urination/bowel movements during periods
  • Fatigue
  • Infertility
  • Heavy bleeding
  • Other gastrointestinal upsets such as diarrhea, constipation, nausea

In addition, many women with endometriosis suffer from:

  • Allergies
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Frequent yeast infections

Many women with endo also experience a range of immune disorders, including asthma, eczema, and certain autoimmune diseases. Infertility affects about 30-40% of women with endo and is a common result with the progression of the disease.


Diagnosis is considered uncertain until proven by laparoscopy, a surgical procedure done under anesthesia. A laparoscopy usually shows the location, size, and extent of the growths. This helps the doctor and patient make better treatment choices.

NOTE: Not diagnosing and helping adolescent girls and young women with the early symptoms of endometriosis is more likely to doom them to pain in later years.