Endometriosis symptoms


Endometriosis can take anywhere from 6 to 10 years to be properly diagnosed.

Endometriosis is not a “one size fits all” chronic condition and is more than just a “bad period.” In fact, there are many different symptoms of endometriosis. Some women with endometriosis may experience a range of symptoms, while others may experience none at all. Every woman’s symptoms are different.

There are many symptoms of endometriosis, but the most common symptoms are:

  • Painful periods: your doctor may call this dysmenorrhea (DIS-men-uh-REE-uh)
  • Pelvic pain in between periods: your doctor may call this non-menstrual pelvic pain
  • Pain with sex: your doctor may call this dyspareunia (DIS-puh-ROO-nee-uh)

About 1 out of 3 women consulted 3 to 4 physicians before receiving an endometriosis diagnosis*

*Based on a self-reported 1998 endometriosis association survey of 4334 respondents reporting a surgical diagnosis of endometriosis. 

Dealing with endometriosis symptoms?

If you’re experiencing endo pain, it’s important to let your doctor know so they can help you manage your symptoms. But it's not always easy to explain your pain. So check out the handy resource we made to help you find the right words. It’s easy, personalized, and only takes a few minutes to complete.