It can take a long time to diagnose endometriosis, which can mean years of painful menstrual cycles. So finding methods of pain relief is imperative.

Endometriosis, a disorder in which tissue that lines the uterus begins to grow in other places inside the body, can be difficult to diagnose because many women assume the pain they are experiencing is normal period discomfort.

According to the World Endometriosis Research Foundation, there is an average of seven years between the first symptoms and a diagnosis among women ages 18 to 45. Additionally, most diagnoses are made between 30 to 40 years of age.

Pain management 101

There is no cure for endometriosis, but medication, lifestyle changes and surgery can help manage the pain. After you've been diagnosed with endometriosis, your doctor may recommend some of the following:

  • Medications (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory): These medications can be either over-the-counter or prescribed by your