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What are some difference s in the symptoms of endometriosis and ibs?

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Endometriosis/IBS: Some symptoms that would be more common in endometriosis are pain with intercourse, pain that begins shortly before menses and becomes severe with menses, or spotting before menses. Ibs symptoms would normally be less related to the menstrual cycle.

Answered 9/28/2016

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Dr. Jie Xu answered

Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Cyclical: While it is true that these can be very similar symptomatically, pain from endometriosis are usually cyclical, that is, related to your menses. It is good to keep a pain and menstrual diary to see if there is a correlation. Bring this journal to your doctor appointment to help with the evaluation. Best wishes!

Answered 2/25/2013

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Can be confusing: Endo pain is typically focused on the menstrual cycle. IBS pain is often related to bowel function, such as pain followed by diarrhea. IBS often also is associated with sharp crampy pain and may be in the upper abdomen. That said, I have operated on many patients with the label of "IBS" and in reality they had intestinal endometriosis.

Answered 9/1/2015

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