by Annie Deddens
Endometriosis is a painful, chronic disease that affects more than 6 million women in the U.S., and more than 176 million women worldwide…
And I may be one of those women.
It’s hard to tell, because endometriosis can only be officially diagnosed by having a laparoscopy — a minor surgical procedure done under anesthesia, and I haven’t had that procedure — yet.
There are a few different ideas of what causes endometriosis, but there isn’t one theory that everyone agrees on, so many people say the cause is unknown.
Some of the symptoms of endometriosis include painful periods — several days before and several days into your cycle, tail end brown bleeding, pain going to the bathroom, excessive bleeding, infertility, fatigue, other gastrointestinal problems, nausea, and fatigue. Another symptom, and probably the most painful one, is that endometriosis can sometimes cause infertility.