By Leandra Beabout, Feb 9, 2023

The main symptoms of endometriosis involve pain, including pelvic pain, rectal pain, painful sex and painful periods, according to Kecia Gaither, M.D., board-certified in OB-GYN and maternal-fetal medicine and the director of perinatal services/maternal-fetal medicine at NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln in the Bronx in New York City. Unfortunately, everyone’s unique descriptions of and tolerances for pain can make diagnosis difficult. A general symptom such as pain during intercourse can be caused by other factors, from fibroids to pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) and from pelvic floor dysfunction to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

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