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Pain with Bowel Movements

Painful Bowel Movements

While the main symptoms of endometriosis are pelvic pain and infertility, the condition can also manifest and affect other surrounding organs, like the bowel.  Symptoms of bowel endometriosis can range from non-existent to severely debilitation, where the pain can interfere with multiple facets of a normal lifestyle.

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Symptoms of bowel endometriosis include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea 
  • Diarrhea 
  • Painful bowel movements 
  • Painful intercourse 
  • Rectal bleeding 
  • Pain in the opening of the bowels
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These symptoms also mimic those of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).

IBS is a chronic disorder that affects the large intestine causing diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain. Its symptoms can also be felt in the pelvic area. Unlike most cases of endometriosis, this condition does not generally coincide with your period. 

The overlapping symptoms of endometriosis and IBS can create potential diagnostic difficulties. 

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