UC San Diego Health offers
endometriosis diagnosis and
treatment. Our clinical specialists help treat painful endometriosis symptoms and are committed to conducting endometriosis research to better understand endometriosis and how it affects women, while developing and evaluating promising new treatments.
What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a common gynecological disease in which tissue that normally lines the womb (uterus) grows in other areas of the body, such as the pelvic cavity, bladder, bowel, fallopian tubes or ovaries.
Endometriosis and Infertility
Infertility, or difficulty getting pregnant, can be a result of endometriosis. Your doctor will work with you to develop a treatment plan that will minimize your endometriosis symptoms while preserving your fertility.
The primary symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain, often associated with a woman's menstrual period. Endometriosis may be more common in women with a family history of this disease. Other symptoms may include:
- Pain during periods: severe menstrual cramping, lower back or abdominal pain, painful bowel movements or painful urination
- Pain during or after sex
- Excessive bleeding: heavy periods or bleeding or spotting between periods
- Gastrointestinal symptoms: diarrhea, constipation, bloating, or nausea