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    What are the symptoms of endometriosis?

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    Severity and type of symptoms vary between women but may include:
     
    Pain
    Approximately three quarters of women with endometriosis have pelvic pain and/or dysmenorrhea (painful periods). It may occur in any of the following forms:

    • Period pain - immediately before and during the period
    • Pain during or after sex
    • Abdominal, back and/or pelvic pain
    • Pain with opening bowels, passing wind or urinating
    • Ovulation pain, including thigh or leg pain
     
    Bleeding
    • Heavy bleeding, with or without clots
    • Irregular bleeding with or without a regular cycle
    • Prolonged bleeding
    • Premenstrual spotting
     
    Other symptoms may include
    • Bowel or bladder symptoms, including bleeding from bladder or bowel
    • Irregular bowel habits e.g. constipation, diarrhoea
    • Increase in urinary frequency or change in your normal function
    • Infertility
    • Premenstrual symptoms
    • Tiredness
    • Mood changes
    • Bloating

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