What are symptoms of endometriosis?

Dr. Heather Hilkowitz discusses the symptoms of endometriosis. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


A common symptom of endometriosis is mild to severe pain in the pelvis and/or abdomen, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s HealthOff Site Icon. According to HHS, the type of pain can include:

  • Severe menstrual cramps
  • Long-term pain in the lower back and pelvis
  • Pain before or during a menstrual cycle
  • Pain during or after sex
  • Intestinal discomfort
  • Painful bowel movements or urination during a menstrual cycle
  • Trouble getting pregnant

Other symptoms of endometriosis include heavy menstrual cycles, bleeding or spotting between periods, stomach and digestive problems, or infertility, according to HHS.

Talk to your doctor about symptoms of endometriosis.

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