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How do I know if I have endo?

Endometriosis can sometimes be challenging to diagnose. The symptoms of endometriosis and some other conditions can be quite similar to the more usual period symptoms. If any menstrual symptoms cause distress, if you take time off school, or work or don't do things with your family or friends because of your period, you need to be checked by a health provider. It's no fun when bad periods impact your life and wellbeing. 

Symptoms of endometriosis

  • Pain that stops you from doing your usual activities
  • Pain below the belly button

  • Pain in the lower back that can happen at any time in the menstrual cycle

  • Diarrhoea or constipation
  • Pain in the rectum and/or painful bowel movements

  • Heavy menstrual bleeding

  • Fatigue and low energy

  • Pain during or after sex (when relevant)
  • Pain during ovulation
  • Difficulty getting pregnant (when relevant)

  • Pain when urinating or other bladder problems such as needing to urinate frequently

  • Depression, low mood

  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

  • Pain during smear tests

  • Premenstrual spotting

Want to know more about Endometriosis? Explore What About Me®'s interactive website- It's fun. 

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Your doctor will probably ask you to describe your symptoms and will likely ask you some questions. You might feel emotional – a good doctor will understand. The doctor will examine your tummy and may also ask if you feel ok about having an internal examination. Your consent is required which might make some people feel uneasy. Make sure you speak up - it's absolutely ok to do so. It’s not always necessary and depends on several factors such as your age. Your doctor can discuss this with you. 

Remember, normal periods can still be uncomfortable. Keep in mind the different ways you can manage your period.