MENSTRUAL CYCLE DYSFUNCTION- 5. Endometriosis
Endometriosis is an inflammatory disease where the tissue that is similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside of the uterus. It can grow and attach to major organs such as the bowel, ovaries, kidneys and liver causing severe pain and dysfunction.
Endometriosis normally gets misdiagnosed for normal PMS and can take many years to be formally diagnosed.
Slight cramping and pain in your pelvic area and lower back the day before or the day of your period are normal symptoms. Pain that is a constant throbbing, stabbing or burning sensation is not normal.
Endometriosis pain can last for days leaving you bedridden and can feel so bad it can cause vomiting. It can occur in your uterus, pelvic region, lower back, bladder, rectum and legs.
Other symptoms of endometriosis include:
• Crippling period pain
• Pain with urination and bowel movements
• Heavy bleeding
• Bleeding between periods