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Hello AnnaS198,

Welcome to the EmpowHER community. Thank you for coming to us for help with your symptom of abdominal changes and pain. I can appreciate you dread seeing a doctor, but for this, you must.

Call and schedule an appointment with your gynecologist. Your physician knows your history with endometriosis, what birth control pill has been prescribed and most importantly, can do a physical exam. Any necessary diagnostic tests, like an abdominal and pelvic ultrasound can be ordered.

As you know, endometriosis is an often painful disorder in which tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — the endometrium — grows outside your uterus (endometrial implant). Endometriosis most commonly involves your ovaries, bowel or the tissue lining your pelvis.

The primary symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain, often associated with your menstrual period. Although many women experience cramping during their menstrual period, women with endometriosis typically describe menstrual pain that's far worse than usual. They also tend to report that the pain has increased over time.


June 16, 2016 - 8:51am


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