Abdominal cramps, mood swings, headaches and irregular menstrual cycles are only few of the endometriosis symptoms, condition in which the endometrial tissue is outside of the endometrium and the uterus.
This tissue is degraded and retained in the body during the process of menstruation which causes intensive pain.
Pain in the stomach, constipation and diarrhea may be some of the signs for irritable bowel syndrome and endometriosis. If the symptoms become more intensive during the menstruation, it is very possible that the patient is affected by endometriosis.
Endometriosis can expand on the tissues of the digestive system. The only way to be sure if it is endometriosis or irritable bowel syndrome is laparoscopy.
Pain in the Upper Body and Breathing Difficulties
Endometriosis can spread on any part of the body, arms, thighs and even diaphragm. For example, women whose endometriosis spreads on the diaphragm could feel breathing difficulties and pain in the upper part of the body, especially in the arms.
If the pain in the upper part of the body and breathing problems become worsen during menstruation, the possibility of endometriosis is very high.
When the reproductive system functions properly, it releases one ovum and the possibility of infancy is normal. In women who suffer from endometriosis, abnormal endometrial tissue growth causes fertility issues.
The possibility of conceiving in woman is around 20% every month, while the endometriosis reduces this possibility by 10%. Some studies have shown that the vast majority of infertility cases in women are caused from endometriosis.
As with urinary tract infections, endometriosis causes frequent urination and constant feeling of full bladder, especially during the process of menstruation. At first most of the women believe that this is caused by urinary tract infection, but actually it is result of endometriosis.
Endometriosis is related with condition named interstitial cystitis. This condition is characterized by pressure in the bladder and pain that can worsen any time, not only during the menstruation, even though it usually happens just before menstruation.
Symptoms Similar to Appendicitis
If you feel stabbing pain in the area of the appendix every month during the menstruation, the possibility that you are affected by endometriosis is pretty high. This condition is called catamenial appendicitis which occurs when endometriosis expands on the appendix.
How can you differentiate appendicitis from catamenial appendicits? Appendicitis causes fever and increases the levels of white blood cells.