Many face the pesky problem of flatulence, which can sometimes be a sign of an underlying health condition targeting women of fertile age.
In women, flatulence sometimes indicates what is known as endometriosis. The symptoms of endometriosis can vary greatly from one person to another, with signs of IBS, such as distension, which is one of the signs of the condition.
It is known that endometriosis is a pathology that affects the female reproductive system, where there are centers in the endometrium that are located outside the uterus, in different parts of the body.
What are the other symptoms of endometriosis?
The UK charity Endometriosis affects one in 10 women of childbearing age. It is the second most common gynecological disease in Britain, and it occurs when cells similar to those found in the endometrium are found elsewhere in the body.
Every month, in response to the menstrual cycle, these cells accumulate and then break down as “bleeding”, but the cells are unable to escape from the body. This causes inflammation, pain, and the formation of scar tissue within the body.
Symptoms of endometriosis may include:
Fatigue / lack of energy
Depression / isolation
Feeling internal pain during the exercise of intimacy
Inability to conceive
Painful bowel movements
In terms of menstrual bleeding, there may be “heavy periods with or without blood clots.” There may be prolonged bleeding, or bleeding between periods, irregular menstruation, and loss of “old” or “dark” blood before menstruation.
As for bowel and bladder symptoms, there may be painful bowel movements, bleeding from the intestine, and signs of irritable bowel syndrome, such as:
These symptoms tend to be most pronounced during the menstrual cycle. Other symptoms may include fatigue, depression, back pain or leg pain.
The cause of endometriosis is not yet known, but the most likely suggestion is a genetic factor.
And researchers found endometrial tissue particles in areas such as the eyes and the brain, indicating that they are transmitted throughout the body through the lymphatic system or the bloodstream. In addition, it is thought that the condition may be related to a decreased immunity.
Getting a diagnosis of endometriosis can take some time, and the only way to diagnose the condition is to order a laparoscopy.