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Endometriosis is a disease in which endometrial tissues grow in other areas of the female body. The symptoms of the condition will vary from one woman to another and one of the most prevalent being chronic pelvic pain.

Endometriosis is a disease in which endometrial tissues grow in other areas of the female body. The symptoms of the condition will vary from one woman to another and one of the most prevalent being a chronic pelvic pain. The disease is so difficult to diagnose because the signs can mimic normal body changes a woman will experience during menstruation. Laparoscopy, a minimally invasive surgical procedure, can be used to definitively diagnose and treat endometriosis. [1

As time progresses and endometriosis ovulation pain grows more severe, a doctor may suggest a laparoscopic examination to make a definitive diagnosis. The pain of the menstrual cycle can become steadily and gradually worse as months go by and until endometriosis is diagnosed, lack of treatment will make the pain almost unbearable at times.

In cases of asymptomatic endometriosis, a woman may not have any type of pain or other symptoms of the disease, which can make it a veritable enigma for a physician. Perhaps the woman will experience other symptoms or have another health problem and during surgery, the doctor will find endometriosis and be able to make a default diagnosis.

Some of the most common symptoms of endometriosis which can cause pain include the following [2]:

  • Appendicitis
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Colon cancer
  • Pelvic inflammatory disease
  • Fibroid tumors
  • Irritable bowel syndrome
  • Ovarian cancer

In late-stage or severe endometriosis, adhesions can develop within the pelvic cavity and can cause the organs to adhere to one another. The adhesions will cause endometriosis ovulation pain and bowel obstructions, urinary problems, infertility, digestive issues and interfere with normal organ function. The pain can only be managed and brought under control once medical attention and treatment is provided.[3]

Women that have endometriosis can also experience such health problems as Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid Arthritis and an under-active thyroid gland, along with many other issues.[4]

Endometriosis affects an estimated 2 to 10 percent of American women between the ages of 25 and 40 and these women are more likely to have infertility or difficulty getting pregnant. When a woman suffers from endometriosis, it can also lead to impairment of the immune system which can further worsen health.[4]

Women with endometriosis are subject to more health problems, as well as the disease leading to impaired fertility. With medical treatment and monitoring, endometriosis is a disease which can be treated and managed successfully and does not have to interfere with fertility or the quality of life a woman has.