7 Subtle Signs Of Endometriosis Doctors Want You To Know About

Dr. Ross says that the most common symptoms of endometriosis are related to pain, which can be chronic and disruptive. However, she says that it’s important to pay attention to lesser-known symptoms of endometriosis, too. Below, she and other experts weigh in.

1. You Have Pain During Sex

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Although pain during sex may have various causes, it is also a symptom of endometriosis. “Some women with endometriosis may experience pain with sex, depending on where the endometrial implants are located in the pelvis,” Dr. Ross says. “If the implants are on nerves, ligaments, and tissue stretched during sex, pain can be significant and often unbearable; it can last hours and days afterwards.” She adds that, sometimes, women will not be able to have sexual penetration at all because the pain is so bad.

Dr. Michael Krychman, MD, OB/GYN, sexual medicine gynecologist and the executive director of the Southern California Center for Sexual Health and Survivorship Medicine and co-author of The Sexual Spark: 20 Essential Exercises to Reignite the Passion, agrees.

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