What are the symptoms of Endometriosis?

  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Fatigue
  • Painful bowel movements
  • Painful intercourse usually with deep insertion or certain positions
  • Infertility
  • Right and/or Left sided pelvic and abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Pelvic pain during menses, before menses, after menses and/or anytime during the month
  • Urinary frequency, and/or urgency, and/or painful voiding
  • Malaise
  • Lower back pain
  • Heavy or irregular periods

The symptoms of endometriosis are related to the areas where endometriosis invades.

Endometriosis of the uterosacral ligaments/cul-de-sac leads to painful intercourse, constipation, diarrhea and painful defecation. Endometriosis on the ovary can lead to left sided or right sided pain. Bladder endometriosis may lead to urinary frequency or urgency. You may have only one of the above symptoms or many. Even one symptom can be suggestive of Endometriosis.  Some women have no symptoms yet only suffer from infertility.  Plenty of women do not have any symptoms listed above, and only discover they have endometriosis when are having trouble conceiving.  If your doctor told you that you have ‘unexplained infertility’, endometriosis is the culprit in 40-50% of cases of unexplained infertility.  If you need an endometriosis specialist in Los Angeles, come see Dr. Iris Kerin Orbuch, as her excision of endometriosis decreases inflammation and will improve your fertility.”