Apple Hill Gynecology

Pelvic Pain with Periods / Endometriosis

A real solution for pelvic pain, painful endometriosis

Some pelvic pain is common just before or during the first few days of your period. Pelvic pain at other times during your cycle may signal a problem. About 70 percent of women with pelvic pain have endometriosis.

Endometriosis is a common disease that often goes undiagnosed as it usually starts slowly with a painful period, and during a slow progression you may not notice enough to realize that it is not normal. Pain before a period may slowly increase to the point where pain happens all month long. Pain with sex is another common problem as is abnormal or heavy bleeding. Bowel changes, constipation and diarrhea, bloating, PMS which is getting worse and infertility with no symptoms at all may all be caused by endometriosis.

Unfortunately, endometriosis doesn’t show up on any of the standard tests like yearly well-woman exam, Pap, ultrasound, X-ray or blood tests unless it is very advanced. If it is in the family, it is usually more severe and since it can cause infertility, any young woman on birth control pills still having pain should be tested for endometriosis.

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