6. Bladder Problems
Endometriosis can also cause bladder problems. You may experience pain in the lower abdomen while urinating or during bowel movements, especially during your periods. You may also need to urinate more frequently or notice some other changes from your normal urinary habits. In rare cases, blood can be spotted in the urine.
Endometrial lesions on the bladder may cause frequent urination and feelings of bladder fullness. It causes you to feel like you have to use the bathroom all the time.
A 2012 study published in Urologia Internationalis reports that the bladder is the most common affected site in urinary tract endometriosis and is often diagnosed due to complaints of urinary symptoms during gynecologic follow-up procedures for a deep pelvic endometriosis.
Whatever the cause may be for frequent bathroom trips or other bladder problems, timely diagnosis is important for effective treatment.
7. Bowel Problems
Just like bladder issues, endometriosis can cause bowel problems, such as diarrhea, constipation or pain during bowel movements. There may also be bleeding from the bladder or bowel.
Increased abdominal bloating, with or without pain, at the time of the period is also common.
Endometrial lesions can invade the wall and inside of the bowel, resulting in bowel-related problems.
As these symptoms look similar to gastrointestinal problems or food intolerance, people often confuse endometriosis with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This can make a diagnosis more complicated.
8. Pain in Other Body Parts
Though rare, patches of endometriosis can occur in other sites of the body.
The endometrial tissue can be found in the arms, thighs and even the diaphragm. This can lead to pain in these parts of the body. Such pain occurs at the same time as period pains.
When the endometrial tissue occurs on the diaphragm, you can have terrible pain trying to breathe or move your upper arms or upper body during your period.
Such pain can also take a toll on your energy level, leading to tiredness.
Immediately see your doctor if you have some signs and symptoms that may indicate endometriosis.
Endometriosis can be difficult to diagnose. It is sometimes mistaken for other conditions like pelvic inflammatory disease (PID), ovarian cysts or IBS.
But it is important to properly diagnose and treat endometriosis, as it can lead to complications like impaired fertility and ovarian cancer. Early diagnosis may result in better treatment and management of your symptoms.