If you have suffered from period pain, you probably know how it can affect your daily activities, sleep cycle, or energy levels. If you have suffered from endometriosis, you know how it can affect every part of your life. So, how can you tell the difference between a bad period and endometriosis? Read more to find out.

Endometriosis

According to womenshealth.gov, endometriosis is a painful disease that affects women mostly in their 30s and 40s, but it can affect females as young as 15 years old. Endometriosis is caused by abnormal tissue growth outside the uterus. Women with endometriosis may have periods so severe that it can cause fainting or nausea.

Symptoms of endometriosis:

  • Heaviness in the pelvic area
  • Pelvic pain that gets worse during your period
  • Lower backaches
  • Pain while urinating
  • Pain during sex
  • Periods that are very painful and cannot be relieved with medication

Periods

Period pain can range from mild to severe. This pain and discomfort are caused by hormones that are released during the menstrual cycle, which causes the uterus to contract and shed its lining.

Period symptoms:

  • Cramping
  • Lower backaches
  • Periods pain can be relieved with a heating pad or medication
  • Fatigue

Periods can cause pain and discomfort that usually lasts the first 48 to 72 hours. Endometriosis pain can last much longer. It is a gynecological disease that can cause heavy bleeding, irregular periods, infertility, and can affect the ability to perform the simplest tasks.

If you have been affected by pain resulting from endometriosis, a clinical study may help.

Women’s Health Care Research is looking for women to participate in a research study to evaluate whether an investigational medicine could reduce pain due to endometriosis.

CLICK HERE to learn more about endometriosis treatment options.