The most common Endometriosis Symptoms are:

  • pain that stops you during or around the time of your period (dysmenorrhoea)

  • pain during or after intercourse (dyspareunia)

  • pain in your pelvic region, lower back or legs

  • pain during or around the time of ovulation

  • painful urination (dysuria)

  • fertility problems

  • rectal pain

  • problems with the bowel such as painful bowel movements, a bloated abdomen, constipation, or diarrhoea (often cyclical)

  • constant tiredness

  • depression, mood disturbances, PMS

  • premenstrual spotting

  • immune system issues

  • painful smear tests


Symptoms can be similar to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) or Pelvic Inflammatory Disease (PID) but are often cyclical.

While heavy periods are not considered a symptom of endometriosis, it is associated with adenomyosis which may also be present.

You can download our 'Endometriosis Symptoms' factsheet here.