“I've been trying to get pregnant for ages, could I have endometriosis?”
Women With Conception and Fertility Problems
Endometriosis affects 100’s of thousands of Australian women.
Research indicates that 10% of all women of reproductive age suffer from endometriosis, most without knowing it.
Further, up to 50% of women who suffer infertility have endometriosis.
Unfortunately, there is no conclusive information on why endometriosis hinders conception. – that is not true – there are multiple reasons!!!
Do You Suffer From Endometriosis
Diagnosing Endometriosis is not easy, but patients may experience:
- painful cramps in the lower abdomen, back or in the pelvis during menstruation
- painful sex
- heavy menstrual bleeding
- painful bowel movements or urination
- difficulty falling pregnant
Effects of Endometriosis
Endometriosis can can cause several health complications. These are often associated with infertility problems or miscarriages. Even with mild endometriosis women can can have a reduced ability to conceive.
Endometriosis is linked to fertility problems as a result of:
- Distorted Pelvic Anatomy
- Fallopian Tubes Scarring
- Pelvic Structure Inflammation
- Changes in your Immune Function
- Hormonal Imbalance Affecting Egg Quality and Implantation
Having a Baby, Sometimes Needs Help
If you've been having problems conceiving and endometriosis is thought to be the culprit don't despair. There are many options available which have successfully helped women with endometriosis become pregnant.
Treatments for Endometriosis
The first step is to confirm the diagnosis and check both you and your partner, just to be sure endometriosis is the ONLY issue.
The next step is to decide which assisted reproductive technology (ART) to use. Cost can play a role in this choice unfortunately:
- Intra-uterine insemination (IUI) – the sperm is artificially inserted into the uterine cavity to give a better chance of finding its egg.
- In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) – the eggs are artificially inseminated before being introduced into the uterus
Your Chances of Pregnancy with Endometriosis?
Endometriosis can cause infertility and conception problems, but it's not a lost cause.
Depending on age and your conditions severity, falling pregnant with treatments is possible.
Some doctors will advise women with endometriosis not to delay having children as the condition can worsen over time.
Your Next Step
If you are experiencing any symptoms of Endometriosis or Infertility and are concerned about any gyneacological problem that may require further investigation take action.
Dr Alexander can offer advice on a possible diagnosis, further investigations and suitable treatment.
For patients suffering from Endometriosis, we would advise that you see your general practitioner and possibly obtain a referral to see Dr Alexander at www.my-obgyn.com.au/contact