Endometriosis and Respiratory Symptoms

For some women that are dealing with endometriosis, they may also find themselves suffering from breathing issues too. However, only a small number of women with endometriosis may also suffer from respiratory problems each month.

If you are coughing up blood or having chest pains each month, suspecting that you have endometriosis may seem a bit ridiculous, but it can cause these symptoms if it lodges in your lungs. Endometriosis can occur in the lining of the lungs (the pleura) or in the lung itself. Endometriosis in the lining is around five times more common than in the lung, and the majority of occurrences are normally on the right hand side.

Pleural endometriosis causes the following: –

o Shortness of breath
o Pain
o Collapsed lung (known as pneumothorax)
o Fluid on the lung (known as pleural effusion)

Having endometriosis on the lung causes a person to cough up blood, but it is not the only problem you should suspect if you have breathing difficulties. There are additional diseases that can also cause respiratory issues, such as: –

o Asthma
o Respiratory infection, such as bronchitis or pneumonia
o Pleurisy or pneumothorax unrelated to endometriosis

When it comes to differentiating endometriosis of the respiratory system from other health related causes, it can be a bit difficult and may require a doctor or health professional to suggest the intervention of an MRI or surgery to make sure. For some women that are suffering from this disease, they may also show signs of having asthmatic symptoms which may also interfere with their respiratory system.