Endometriosis is a condition in which the layer of tissue that normally covers the inside of the uterus (the endometrium) grows outside of it. One third of women with endometriosis have no symptoms. Endometriosis is a co-morbidity of chronic fatigue syndrome.
Symptoms[edit | edit source]
Symptoms may include:
- Heavy or irregular bleeding
- Pelvic pain
- Lower abdominal or back pain
- Dyschezia (pain on defecation) - Often with cycles of diarrhea and constipation
- Bloating, nausea, and vomiting
- Inguinal pain
- Pain on micturition and/or urinary frequency
- Pain during exercise
Co-morbidities[edit | edit source]
ME/CFS[edit | edit source]
A 2018 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that more than a third of women with CFS (36.1%) reported endometriosis as a comorbid condition. Women with both CFS and endometriosis report more chronic pelvic pain, earlier menopause, hysterectomy, and more CFS-related symptoms compared to women with CFS-only.
Research studies[edit | edit source]
- 2019, Endometriosis as a Comorbid Condition in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): Secondary Analysis of Data from a CFS Case-Control study
References[edit | edit source]
- Davila, G. Willy (December 5, 2017). "Endometriosis". Medscape.
- Harlow, BL (September 28, 1998). "Reproductive correlates of chronic fatigue syndrome". American Journal of Medicine.
- Boneva, Roumiana S.; Lin, Jin-Mann S.; Wieser, Friedrich; Nater, Urs M.; Ditzen, Beate; Taylor, Robert N.; Unger, Elizabeth R. (April 2018). "Endometriosis as a Comorbid Condition in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS): Secondary Analysis of Data from a CFS Case-Control study". Frontiers in Pediatrics. doi:10.3389/fped.2019.00195.