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Endometriosis is a condition that affects a women’s reproductive organs, and occurs when cells similar to those that line the uterus are found in other parts of the body. It is often considered a chronic condition as it can take a long time to correctly diagnose and treat as symptoms are variable. Whilst endometriosis most often affects the reproductive organs it is frequently found in the bowel and bladder and has been found in muscle, joints, the lungs and the brain.

Common symptoms include debilitating pelvic pain around or during a woman’s period.

Pain may be felt:

  • before/during/after menstruation
  • during ovulation
  • in the bowel during menstruation
  • when passing urine
  • during or after sexual intercourse
  • in the lower back region

Other symptoms may include:

  • diarrhoea or constipation (in particular in connection with menstruation)
  • abdominal bloating (in particular in connection with menstruation)
  • heavy or irregular bleeding
  • fatigue

For further information or local services go to:


Canberra Endometriosis Centre

Canberra Endometriosis Network

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health

Endometriosis Australia


Global Forum for Endometriosis