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I have some questions about endometriosis on the bowel

By Anonymous June 5, 2011 - 8:25pm
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Hi, I am a 45 years old. I have always had normal periods until four months ago. I completely missed my period and had rectal bleeding. I went to my gastro doctor and he said it was probably hemmoroids. He did a colonoscopy and confirmed that I had internal hemmoroids. But I was still concerned about the missed period, pregnancy tests came back negative, blood hormone tests came back negative. Infact all my blood work was normal. I talked to the nurse at my gyn dr's. And told her about my symptoms, she said that the missed period was probably peri menapause related. Meanwhile I started reading about endometriosis and everything I read scared the heck out of me. I asked my gastro dr again if it could be endo, and he assured me that the rectal bleeding was from hemmoroids, Still I could not get the missed period and the rectal bleeding out of my head. My periods are now normal again, however before this last period I noticed a little bit of rectal bleeding. I should mention that I had four bm's that day and it seemed logical that it was the hemmoroids but I got my period the next day and couldnt help thinking that it could be the endo,,..I keep reading that rectal bleeding during period is a sign of endo. I do have painful periods sometimes but I always had them. they are actually less painful then they use to be. And I dont have severe pain between periods or painful sex or pain in rectum.

I wondered if anyone could answer these questions for me. What does the pain of endo feel like?
When they talk about rectal bleeding during periods does that mean that the blood from the period is coming out of the rectum? or is blood from scars? I have been reading about bowel obstruction and that colonoscopy does not see it. I am scared. If I have endo can it be fatal if not treated? When will a doctor do laproscopic surgery, do I have to have alot of symtoms? And why would a colonoscopy not see a bowel obstruction, if blood is coming through the bowel wall then why wouldnt it see that? these internet sites are scaring me to death. I just would like to put my mind at ease. I hope it is just hemmoroids. But that damn missed period still haunts me.
Thanks for taking the time to read this.
any answers would be very helpful

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Yeah googling isnt always a good thing. I too am a little distressed at the moment. I am 44. My period is late which has happened before but now for first time im seeing rectal blood. I googled it and freaked me out to say the least. I will be keeping a close eye on it. Ive also been extremely gassy....anybody else going through this

November 20, 2014 - 2:08am
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I am the same i bleed from my bum every time i poo now and iv missed my period. so scared

November 30, 2012 - 3:02am

Hi Anon,
I've had endometriosis for over 20 years mine is really aggressive and has had an impact on my colon and rectum. I did have some rectal bleeding at one point but during a colonoscopy they found colon polyps that were causing the bleeding. Besides that incident I haven't experienced any rectal bleeding because of the endometriosis. I have experienced all the other symptoms listed above by Rosa. Lots of abdominal pain associated with endo - mine was ALL the time not only during my period.
Hope this helps,

June 6, 2011 - 11:47am

Hi Anon,

Thanks for your question. Although I completely understand your concern, I think you started reading too much on what it could be. Internal Hemorrhoids normally don't cause pain or much discomfort which is probably why you're having a hard time believing that the bleeding is coming from the Hemorrhoids, but your doctor did perform a Colonoscopy to confirm the cause of the bleeding and everything in your bowels was normal if he determined that the bleeding was Hemorrhoid related. Perimenopause is a transition and your period can sometimes come to a halt and then return. Your period may continue to be irregular for years before going through Menopause.

Take a look at this list of symptoms of the Bowel with Endo:
Painful bowel movements



Alternating constipation and diarrhea

Intestinal cramping

Nausea and/or vomiting

Abdominal pain

Rectal pain

Rectal bleeding

And symptoms of Endometriosis include:
Painful periods

Pain in the lower abdomen or pelvic cramps that can be felt for a week or two before menstruation

Pain in the lower abdomen felt during menstruation (the pain and cramps may be steady and dull or severe)

Pain during or following sexual intercourse

Pain with bowel movements

Pelvic or low back pain that may occur at any time during the menstrual cycle

With the exception of rectal bleeding, it sounds like you may have read a little too much on the subject (I am guilty of doing this as well sometimes.) However, you haven't mentioned any other symptoms-- this is probably why your doctor isn't worried about it. Try to stay off of google and researching other diseases-- when we do this, we find that we may have every disease in the book! :)

All the best,


June 6, 2011 - 6:58am
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