Can I Get Pregnant with Endometriosis?
on Jan 27, 2013
by Dr. Prabha Sahgal, MD
Endometriosis is a very serious disease, but that does not mean women with it cannot get pregnant, in fact they can, with the right treatments at hand.
It is true that a symptom of endometriosis is infertility for many women, in fact a lot of women only find out they have the disease when they have problems getting pregnant, as a lot will then visit a fertility specialist whom will diagnose them if this be the case. It is usually diagnosed by the woman undergoing a laparoscopy. But remember, it is not always the case that all the women with endometriosis are unable to conceive. Claim Your 20 Free Pregnancy Tests – Click Here
So how come some women are able to conceive a child, but others are not with this disease?
Well firstly, endometriosis occurs when tissue that lines and grows in the uterus is found at other locations of the body. Now, even though this tissue that belongs to the uterus is not actually there, but in another place, it will still respond to the hormone changes of the woman’s body in the same way as it would if it were actually in the uterus. Therefore the misplaced endometrial tissue bleeds and since there is no place for the blood to pass in that location of the body, it will stay there which then causes a lot of problems for the woman. It can result in ovarian cysts because of the tissues building up. Adhesions in the abdominal wall may occur as well as blocked fallopian tubes.
The frightening thing about endometriosis is that not all women experience symptoms, therefore they may not realise they have the actual disease. There is also the polar opposite to this, in which some women experience tremendous amount of pain, but the disease itself has not spread far around the body.
Now all of this is important to know, as it impacts fertility greatly, with it being a common side effect to 30 to 40 % of the women to have the disease. This is not the only worry, as it can also make the woman unable to stay pregnant. However, several studies have shown that women who treat the condition have lower rates of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy, so it is very important that the symptoms are made aware of as quickly as possible to increase not only the chances of conceiving, but reaching the end of the third trimester without serious issues.
To help with conception, the condition can be treated by surgery, by removing excess tissues; there are other medical therapies that can remove the adhesions which would be very helpful. One of the greatest opportunities to actually get pregnant while having the disease endometriosis is to immediately start trying after laparoscopy. This is because there is a greater chance of conceiving naturally. However, this is not always the case, as each case is of course different, so a fertility specialist should always be sought out for each specific case, as the good news is that it is very much possible to get pregnant while having endometriosis.
A significant portion of the time, health providers will recommend IVF (in vitro fertilization) which is a very common procedure to get pregnant, especially in the cases of women having endometriosis. There is of course the option of alternative treatments or more traditional procedures which have all been successful in some cases with succeeding in getting women pregnant.
Yes, endometriosis is a very serious disease, but that does not mean women with it cannot get pregnant, in fact they can, with the right treatments at hand. So it may take a little research and testing, but if you are serious and determined to get pregnant and have a child, keep trying, as it has happened for many other women who suffer from endometriosis.
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Dr. Prabha Sahgal MD, is board certified in obstetrics and gynecology and subspecialty board certified in reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Dr. Sahgal holds a B.S. degree from MIT in molecular biology and currently serves on the ConceiveEasy board of directors.