What are the symptoms of endometriosis?


Pain is one of the most common symptoms of endometriosis. Usually the pain is in the abdomen, lower back, and pelvis. The amount of pain a woman feels does not depend on how much endometriosis she has. Some women have no pain, even though their disease affects large areas. Other women with endometriosis have severe pain even though they have only a few small growths. Symptoms of endometriosis include:

  • Very painful menstrual cramps
  • Pain with periods that gets worse over time
  • Chronic pain in the lower back and pelvis
  • Pain during or after sex
  • Intestinal pain
  • Painful bowel movements or painful urination during menstrual periods
  • Heavy and/or long menstrual periods
  • Spotting or bleeding between periods
  • Infertility (not being able to get pregnant)
  • Fatigue

Women with endometriosis may also have gastrointestinal problems such as diarrhea, constipation, or bloating, especially during their periods.