Do you experience pelvic pain, uncomfortable urination, or painful intercourse? If so, you could be suffering from a disorder known as endometriosis. The tissue that lines the inside of the uterus is called the endometrium. Some women develop endometriosis, in which the endometrium has grown outside of the uterine lining. While endometriosis does not directly cause fertility issues, the condition is more common in women who experience infertility.
At the Centre for Reproductive Medicine in Lubbock, TX, Dr. Janelle Dorsett provides non-surgical and surgical treatments to alleviate endometriosis symptoms.
Do Symptoms Occur in Every Patient with Endometriosis?
Surprisingly, most women who have endometriosis do not experience symptoms. Therefore, if you are actively trying to conceive and are unsuccessful in becoming pregnant, you should schedule a consultation with Dr. Dorsett to determine if endometriosis could be a factor.
Generalized pelvic pain can occur in patients with endometriosis. The intensity of the discomfort is often due to the location of the endometrial lesions, which can occur on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or elsewhere in the abdominal cavity. For instance, if the lesions attach in areas with high nerve density, pain is typically more pronounced. The lesions may also scar surrounding tissue or release substances into the bloodstream, which can cause a significant amount of discomfort.
Severe Menstrual Pain
Women suffering from endometriosis typically experience intensified menstrual pain before and during their periods. This severe cramping commonly occurs in the areas of the abdomen and the back. Endometriosis may also trigger excessively heavy and abnormal menstrual bleeding. Blood in the urine may also be noted during menstruation.
Painful Sexual Intercourse
Unfortunately, notable pain during or after sexual intercourse is common in women with endometriosis. This is often one of the earliest warning signs of the condition. To prevent the disorder from worsening, it is important to visit your doctor at the first sign of a problem.
Bleeding between Periods
Women with endometriosis may experience bleeding between their monthly periods. Because each patient is different, the direct reasons for abnormal bleeding can be vast and varied. Therefore, the doctor must evaluate each patient on an individual basis to determine specific contributing factors.
Additional Symptoms of Endometriosis
Because each woman is exceptionally unique, symptoms of endometriosis can range from mild to severe, from common to extremely rare. Other signs and symptoms that can indicate endometriosis include:
- Chronic fatigue
- Painful urination
- Painful bowel movements
- The sensation that your internal organs are being pulled downward
How Endometriosis Relates to Infertility
Endometriosis is not a direct cause of infertility. However, it must be noted that scar tissue from the lesions can affect the mechanical process that transfers fertilized eggs to the fallopian tubes. Additionally, the endometrial lesions may trigger an inflammatory response, which can have an adverse effect on ovulation, fertilization, and implantation.
Learn More about Endometriosis Symptoms
The sooner endometriosis is diagnosed, the better chance you have of alleviating its symptoms. If you are experiencing the symptoms of endometriosis, or you are having issues with infertility, schedule a consultation with Dr. Dorsett. By performing a thorough examination, she can design a fully personalized treatment plan that will address your specific needs. To reach a team member, contact us online anytime, or call our office at (806) 788-1212.