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Can my endometriosis be back if I'm not experiencing pain while having sex?

I had endometriosis years ago. Before my laparoscopy, my gynecologist was able to treat my pain with oral contraceptives for a year. When the pain came back, we scheduled a laparoscopy that diagnosed and treated my endometriosis.

Seven years later, I'm experiencing back pain just like before and chronic yeast infections and UTIs. This has been going on for almost two years. Nothing treats them permanently, and even though I take every precaution they always come back.

I know this is a symptom and at times something endometriosis leaves behind, but I've never experienced it like this. I don't, however, experience pain while I'm having sex (I have sex with men, so there's penetration involved), so I've been hesitant to think it's endo again. Is there anyone out there with a similar experience? I could really use it. Thank you!

  1. Hi there , Thanks for your question & for reaching out! While pain with sex is often a common symptom of endometriosis, it is certainly not the case for all women. Meaning, you can have eno & may not experience pain with sex.

    Has your doctor recommended any follow up testing (possibly another lap) to further evaluate? I am very sorry to hear that you are experiencing these frequent UTIs, yeast infections & back pain. These are just awful to deal with.

    Keep us posted if you can as things progress. I am sending all encouraging thoughts your way & that you find some relief! Hugs.

    1. I could not have read your story at a better time dear . I am dealing with the SAME exact thing as I type this. Back pain and either a yeast or UTI infection. They are chronic for me as well and it seems no matter how carefully I wipe when I go to the bathroom or how perfectly I clean in the shower, they come back with vengeance each time. Like Jo said, you definitely can experience no pain with sex, but still have endo. However, in my case, I think all this bladder nonsense is because of IC. Have you heard of this or asked your doctor about it? My endometriosis specialist told me I did have it a few months ago during surgery, but I am going to see a Urologist in a few months for definite confirmation and answers, because it is just getting out of control. This is a quick little article about IC https://endometriosis.net/clinical/interstitial-cystitis/ Hoping you do get answers and relief soon. Keep us posted for sure! Sending hugs and good thoughts. -Kimberli (Team Member)

      1. I hope this finds you doing well. I am sorry that you have symptoms coming back after such a period of calmness. There are a variety of symptoms of endometriosis. It is very important to have an open conversation with your doctor about any and all changes.

        Unfortunately there is no cure for endometriosis. I had a total hysterectomy with bilateral salpingo-oopherectomy in November of 2018. My endometriosis has returned already. - Amanda (endo team member)

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