What are the symptoms of Endometriosis in Teenagers?
The most common sign of Endometriosis is recurring pelvic pain. This pain can come and go, usually worsening around the time of menstruation, although it can often occur in the days before your period starts.
This pain is usually felt in the lower abdomen; lower back; and sometimes extending to the rectum; hips; and legs. It can be triggered by things like exercise, and typically it is a little better or may go away in the week after your period.
Endometriosis pain can sometimes be so severe that it can cause difficulty in walking and sitting, particularly during your period. In extreme cases, this type of pelvic pain may result in people being bedridden and unable to attend school.
Some teenagers may also develop other symptoms such as headaches and migraines, nausea and vomiting, pain when passing pee or poo, or fatigue (extreme tiredness).
If you’re experiencing period related pain or pelvic pain outside of your period that is interfering with your day-to-day activities like attending school or social life, or if you have noticed changes around your menstrual cycle, this could be a sign of Endometriosis, or it may be related to something else.
At this point it is important to make an appointment and discuss this with your GP. Some of these symptoms may not have an underlying cause and not everyone who has pain will have Endometriosis.
Nonetheless, it is important to determine if there is anything causing them, as well as possible treatments, regardless of the cause.
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