Endometriosis is a painful condition that can complicate both fertility and pregnancy. Find out more

Endometriosis, fertility, Endometriosis in pregnancy, treatment for endometriosis 

Endometriosis is a common but painful condition that can cause a variety of problems and complications. Because endometriosis usually impacts the reproductive organs, many women wonder how this condition will affect pregnancy. 

What is endometriosis?

When you have endometriosis, the cells that make up the lining of your uterus grow in other locations as well, such as on the ovaries or fallopian tubes. These cells sometimes turn into scar tissue. Some of the symptoms of endometriosis include pain during sex, painful bowel movements, heavy menstrual bleeding, painful urination, and lower back pain. 

Endometriosis and fertility

Endometriosis may make it more difficult for you to get pregnant, especially if it is severe. Endometriosis sometimes grows on the ovaries, compromising their ability to produce healthy eggs. The extra tissue that grows when you have this condition can also block your fallopian tubes, which can prevent conception or cause an ectopic pregnancy. 

Not everyone who has endometriosis will have trouble conceiving. However, if your endometriosis is making it difficult for you to get pregnant, treatment may help. For example, your doctor may be able to remove scar tissue that is preventing conception. 

Endometriosis in pregnancy

If you get pregnant and you have endometriosis, you may be at a slightly higher risk of complications. For example, women with endometriosis have a higher risk of bleeding during pregnancy, high blood pressure, and premature delivery. For this reason, you may need to be monitored more closely than other pregnant women. However, most pregnant women with endometriosis deliver healthy babies. 

Seeking treatment for endometriosis 

If you have symptoms of endometriosis, or if you have already been diagnosed with this condition, you may benefit from treatment. The right treatment can minimize symptoms and lower the risk of complications. Seeing a doctor for endometriosis is especially important if you are hoping to become pregnant, as endometriosis can make this process more difficult. If you are already pregnant, be sure to tell your doctor about your endometriosis so he or she can monitor you for signs of any complications. 

Marsha K. Howerton, MD offers diagnosis and treatment to patients with symptoms of endometriosis. Please contact us today to make an appointment or to learn more. You can also request an appointment online at your convenience. 

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