Teen Services

Posted on: March 1, 2018

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month

Did you know....Endometriosis affects an estimated 176 million women worldwide.

About Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus is found elsewhere in the body. Endometriosis lesions can be found:

  • in the pelvic cavity (most common)
  • in c-section scars
  • in laparoscopy (surgical) scars
  • on the bladder
  • on the bowel
  • on the intestines, colon, appendix, and rectum.


  • Painful periods. Abdominal pain/cramping and also lower back pain may occur before or during your period.
  • Pain with intercourse. 
  • Pain with bowel movements or urination. You're most likely to experience these symptoms during your period.
  • Excessive bleeding. You may experience occasional heavy periods or bleeding between periods.
  • Infertility. Endometriosis is first diagnosed in some women who are seeking treatment for infertility.
  • Other symptoms. You may also experience fatigue, diarrhea, constipation, bloating or nausea, especially during menstrual periods.

It is important to educate yourself, talk to your doctor, and consider joining a local support group. (Visit any TCHD Birth Control/Reproductive Health clinic location for a Primary Care Provider list.)

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