Thoracic Endometriosis Syndrome has five presentations:

Endometriosis Lung Nodules          2%

Catamenial Hemothorax                 10%

Catamenial Hemopneumothorax   5%

Catamenial Pneumothorax            75%

Catamenial Hemoptysis                       8%

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Living with Lung and Colon Endometriosis

Catamenial Lung

From Endometriosis


  • Most relevant and noticeable: radiating Catamenial pain in the shoulder from fluid causing pleurisy near the diaphragm.  Becomes more severe with breathing, coughing or sneezing

  • Chest pain

  • Shortness of breath

  • Coughing, severe with direct air blowing from a fan or other sources

  • Coughing up or tasting blood

  • Crackling or wheezing sound

  • A feeling under the skin in the chest, sometimes described as a “bubbling sensation” by many women