Endometriosis Symptoms: Abdominal cramps, mood swings, headache your monthly period is certainly no picnic. But it’s especially hard for women with endometriosis, a condition where endometrial tissue, or uterine lining cells, is found outside of the uterus. During menstruation, the tissue breaks down and becomes trapped in the body, often forming lesions and causing severe pain. Here, 5 signs you could be dealing with endometriosis:
Abdominal pain, constipation, and diarrhea could all be signs of Irritable Bowel Syndrome, but if Endometriosis Symptoms become worse during your menstrual cycle, they could be a sign of an endometrial growth somewhere in your gastrointestinal system, says Linda Griffith, PhD, director of the Center for Gynepathology Research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “Endometriosis can cause a lot of symptoms even gynecologists don’t think of, and patients can be diagnosed with IBS when they really have endometriosis on the bowel,” says Griffith. The only sure-fire way to differentiate between endometriosis and IBS—or really endometriosis and any condition—is to have a laparoscopy, which removes a tissue sample from the affected area and tests for endometrial cells.