Telltale sign of endometriosis you might notice while getting intimate with someone

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Endometriosis symptoms can vary from person to person, but one thing you might experience while you’re having sex could be a telltale sign you need to see a doctor

A symptom that occurs during sex could mean you need to see a doctor urgently.

Endometriosis currently impacts around 1.5 million women in the UK, but getting a diagnosis for the condition can be difficult, as it’s not always easy to spot the symptoms that it causes. The life-long condition is caused when tissue similar to that found in the lining of the womb grows in other places such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes, and it can have a significant impact on a person’s life.

March marks Endometriosis Awareness Month in the UK, allowing people to learn more about what symptoms to look out for and how to approach their doctor if they believe they may be affected. And one common symptom that many women with endometriosis experience will only rear its head when you have sex.

According to the NHS, symptoms of endometriosis can vary as some women won’t have as many “noticeable symptoms” as others. However, one of the common symptoms is experiencing pain during or after sex. You may also find yourself struggling to get pregnant if you’re trying for a baby.

Many of the other symptoms of the condition have to do with your periods and any pain you might feel during your cycle. They include:

  • pain in your lower tummy or back (pelvic pain) – usually worse during your period
  • period pain that stops you from doing your normal activities
  • pain when peeing or pooing during your period
  • feeling sick, constipation, diarrhoea, or blood in your pee or poo during your period

The NHS also stated that some women will also experience heavy periods as a result of endometriosis, and depending on the impact that the condition has on your life, it may also lead to depression.

When to see a GP

You should see a doctor about endometriosis if you have any of the symptoms of the condition, especially if they have a big impact on your life. It may help if you write down the symptoms you experience before seeing a doctor to make sure you don’t miss anything during your appointment.

The NHS website explains that diagnosing endometriosis can be difficult because the symptoms vary and many other conditions can also cause similar symptoms. Your doctor will ask about your symptoms and may ask to examine your tummy and vagina, and they may recommend treatments if they believe you have endometriosis.

Treatment

There is currently no cure for endometriosis, however, there are treatments that can ease some of the symptoms. You may be given hormone medicines and contraceptives, or you may need surgery to cut away patches of endometriosis tissue. In severe cases, you may need surgery to remove part or all of the organs affected by endometriosis, such as surgery to remove part of your colon, or your appendix or womb (hysterectomy).

The cause of endometriosis is not yet known, but several theories have been suggested. It could be that the condition is genetic, or it could be caused by a problem with the immune system. None of these theories fully explain why the condition happens, and it is likely caused by a combination of factors.

Living with endometriosis can be tough, but Endometriosis UK is here to help. You can visit them on their website, or call their helpline on 0808 808 2227.

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