Being a woman entails many things, one of which being that you will spend 25 percent of your life wishing you were curled up in bed with a nice warm rice bag, while having to go on with your normal activities and pretend that everything is fine.

Yes, that 25 percent of your life is the time when you are on period. It is usually more or less painful, but there are a few signs that can tell you how normal the pain you’re feeling is.

#1. Feeling pelvic pain well after the period has ended

One of the frequent symptoms of endometriosis is constant backache or pelvic pain well past the end of your period. Endometriosis appears when your uterine lining extends outside the uterus, connecting to the bladder, ovaries or the fallopian tubes, and it is a generally painful condition.

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#2. Nausea or vomit-inducing cramps

Almost all women experience some pain and cramps during their period, but if these are so intense as to be debilitating (keeping you in bed, not able to function normally), they can also be a sign of endometriosis.

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#3. Blindingly painful sudden cramps

They can indicate a variety of negative changes happening inside your body during your cycle.

#4. Painful defecation

For people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), this is the norm. So, if you are one of them, you can probably ignore this symptom. But, if you don’t suffer from IBS, you should not have to consider going to the bathroom to poop something akin entering a torture chamber. This can also be a sign of endometriosis.

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#5. Peeing a river of fire

Normally, when it hurts while urinating, you tend to think of a urinary tract infection. That may be the case, but this symptom may also point to scarier things. In case of cervical cancer, for example, the cervix swells and compresses your bladder, leading to pain or difficulty urinating. The same goes for pelvic inflammatory disease, which appears due to untreated sexually transmitted diseases, or an infection caused by the insertion of an intrauterine device. Left untreated, pelvic inflammatory disease can present a persistent pelvic and abdominal pain, and can lead to the blockage of the fallopian tubes, ectopic pregnancies (the fetus latches on outside the uterus) and infertility.

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#6. Painful sex

Endometriosis or pelvic inflammatory disease can also cause pain during sexual activity (especially during intercourse).

#7. Searing pelvic pain

If, out of the blue, you feel a sharp, searing pelvic pain, you could be experiencing a symptom of uterine fibrosis. These are benign tumor-like structures that are not usually dangerous, unless they get too big, in which case they can cause a lot of pain and lead to anemia due to heavy blood loss.

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