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Symptoms

Many women with endometriosis do not have any symptoms from it. Those who have symptoms may experience:

  • Severe discomfort, usually with heavy flow, during menstrual periods

  • Pain in the pelvis or abdomen, usually just before or during menstruation, but sometimes throughout the month

  • Backache

  • Pain during or immediately after sexual intercourse

  • Vaginal spotting before menstruation begins

  • Bowel symptoms, such as:

    • Painful bowel movements

    • Diarrhea

    • Constipation

    • Rarely, blood in the stool

  • Painful urination, or, rarely, blood in the urine

  • Infertility or repeated miscarriages

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