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:
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)
While Women's Health Matters takes all care to ensure that the information provided is up to date, we provide this information on the assumption that people accessing it will take responsibility for assessing its relevance and accuracy. Women are encouraged to discuss their health needs with a health practitioner. If you have concerns about your health, you should seek advice from your health care provider or if you require urgent care you should go to the nearest Emergency Department.