Although pelvic pain is the most common symptom, women report a range of other symptoms, including weight gain. Doctors have differing opinions on whether weight gain may be directly associated with endometriosis. There isn’t any formal research linking this symptom to the disorder, but anecdotal evidence persists. Keep reading to learn more.
- painful menstrual cycles
- excessive bleeding
Weight gain may not be a direct symptom of endometriosis, but certain aspects of the disorder and its treatments may cause you to pack on pounds.
- hormonal imbalances
- certain medications
- a hysterectomy
Too much estrogen in the body can lead to a number of symptoms, including:
- irregular menstrual periods
- breast tenderness
Weight gain is another symptom of this hormonal imbalance. You may specifically notice fat accumulating around your abdomen and on the tops of your thighs.
During your normal menstrual cycle, your hormones thicken and then break down the endometrial lining. Hormone medications may slow tissue growth and prevent tissue from implanting elsewhere in the body. They may also make your menstrual cycles lighter and less frequent.