Stages of endometriosis
While endometriosis is one condition, it actually presents in several different stages. But remember, levels of pain and severity of symptoms does not always correlate with each stage. For instance, someone with mild and superficial endometriosis could experience more pain or physical symptoms than someone else with more severe, deep infiltrating endometriosis.
If you do pursue medical help, however, you are likely to be given a stage classification.
Let’s explore these further.
Stage 1 – Minimal – During “minimal” endometriosis, lesions, or implants, are small and superficial, meaning they’re close to the surface of the tissues. There may not be any scar tissue, or it is minimal.
Stage 2 – Mild – “mild” endometriosis means there are more lesions, and they tend to be located deeper inside the tissue. There might be scar tissue, but there isn’t usually inflammation present.
Stage 3 – Moderate – “moderate” endometriosis means there are some deep endometrial implants. There can be endometrial cysts in at least one of the ovaries which are commonly called endometriomas.
Stage 4 – Severe – “severe” endometriosis means there are many deep endometrial implants. Implants can be located on the fallopian tubes and bowels. Adhesions can be thick and dense, and they can cause severe pain. The distortion of the pelvic anatomy is typically what leads to fertility issues.