Symptoms of bladder Endometriosis
Similar to those of pelvic Endometriosis, symptoms of urinary tract Endometriosis can also range from mild to the severe and often they are intermittent in nature.
They tend to be worse during menstruation or in the lead up (around 2-5 days before). Although some people, especially those within the later stages of Endometriosis (moderate - severe) can experience pain and symptoms outside of menstruation or even continuously throughout the month.
Conversely, urinary tract Endometriosis can also be asymptomatic – meaning some people may not know they have the condition usually until later when they may undergo a procedure for something else, or when the ureter may become partially or entirely closed.
What are the signs to look out for?
Symptoms can vary from one person to another. Some may experience one or two symptoms whereas others may experience a combination of them.
The following symptoms may be associated with urinary tract Endometriosis (the list is not exhaustive) and include:
Pain when urinating
Pain when the bladder is full
The feeling of needing to pass urine more urgently or frequently than usual
A dull ache to acute pain or cramping in the lower back or kidney area (known as loin pain)
Urinary tract infection (UTI) like symptoms i.e., pain or a burning sensation when urinating; pain in the lower abdomen
Passing blood in urine may also suggest signs of endometriosis
If you are experiencing unusual pain that is stopping you from carrying out your usual daily activities like attending school or work, or if you have noticed changes around your periods or urinary habits, there is a chance you might have Endometriosis, or it could be the cause of something else. Tell your GP as early as possible.
It's important to know:
When the urinary tract becomes affected by Endometriosis, the condition is usually found elsewhere, most commonly within the pelvis - meaning those experiencing symptoms of urinary tract Endometriosis may also experience symptoms of Endometriosis affecting other areas in the body at the same time.