This happens when tissue from inside the womb starts to grow outside of it. This can lead to painful adhesions on the ovaries, uterus, bowel, and fallopian tubes.

The disease is often invisible, so looking into the symptoms in increasingly important. So much as 10% of women can be affecting, they may not even know it due to the difficulty of a straight diagnosis. The only way to be sure that it is Endo, is by having a laparoscopy, which is an invasive procedure where sample tissue is taken to be looked at and tested for the disease.

A lot of common signs and symptoms of Endo are attributed to other health issues. Here are the symptoms you should question if you experience them regularly.

1. Ovulation pain

If your period pains don’t stop when your period does, you might be suffering from Endometriosis. Mid-cycle you might start to experience cramping and aching, it might be a sign that something is wrong.

2. Gastrointestinal and urinary issues

Pain in passing bowel movements, constipation, and diarrhea are often written off as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), but they are also symptoms of Endo. Suddenly needing to urinate frequently and not being able to hold it as long, can also be a symptom.

3. Painful periods

We’ve all had the usual cramps and aches when aunt flow comes into town. However, you should be experiencing debilitating and consistent pain. If the pain is so bad that you have to stay home from work or school, you should think about speaking to a medical professional.

4. Painful intercourse

There is a big range of issues that could cause pain during sex, but if you are experiencing these alongside these other symptoms, you should get it looked at.

Even though there isn’t a “cure” for endometriosis, it’s still crucial to know your diagnosis as early as possible. Not only will it help you find the best treatment option possible, but it may give you more time to think about and preserve your fertility.