Endometriosis is a uterine condition affecting millions of women around the world. The name of the condition comes from the word “endometrium”, which is the layer of tissue lining the uterus.
In some cases, these cells become more visible and begin to grow in the uterus, causing a number of painful symptoms, which can include infertility.
These 3 facts on endometriosis and pregnancy will help you to learn more
What are the symptoms of endometriosis?
Endometriosis causes painful symptoms that don’t usually go unnoticed. If you notice that you have any of the following, it is worthwhile visiting a doctor who will be able to give you an official diagnosis and treatment.
Some women do not experience these symptoms to any great degree and only find out they have the condition when they try to fall pregnant; others suffer so greatly that they are unable to take part in social and other activities and lead a normal life.
- Cramping and pelvic pain during menstruation, sometimes beginning several days before and after your monthly period. Pain can also occur in the lower back or lower abdomen, with some women experiencing nerve pain shooting down the legs.
- Feelings of deep pain during sexual intercourse, ovulation, and bowel movements and/or urination.
- Bleeding inbetween periods and heavy menstrual periods
- Nausea and indigestion
- Constipation or diarrhea
If I have endometriosis, does this mean I won’t be able to have children?
Researchers are still trying to examine the relationship between infertility and endometriosis.
Some studies suggest that the uterus is changed by the condition and as a result it does not accept the embryo.
Other studies are exploring whether the condition changes the actual egg, or if it gets in the way of moving a fertilized egg from the fallopian tube to the uterus.
So, the short answer is “no, not necessarily”. The longer answer is “many women with endometriosis can and do have children, although the process can be more difficult.”
The symptoms of endometriosis worsen during the menstrual cycle and are capable of harming the ovaries and other reproductive organs, making infertility an unfortunate symptom of endometriosis in some cases.
In these circumstances, surgery or other such fertility treatments such as in-vitro fertilization and donor eggs can help a woman get pregnant.
About 30% to 40% of women with endometriosis are infertile, making the condition one of the top three reasons for infertility in women around the world.
However, some women are able to fall pregnant naturally even if they have endometriosis. Doctors suggest that women with endometriosis try to fall pregnant, having regular sex, for at least 6 months to a year before seeking alternative treatment or surgery.
How can I treat my endometriosis?
There is no specific treatment for endometriosis, but the condition can be reduced after menopause. Hormone treatment can also prevent the skin wall cells from growing in excess and causing pain. These hormone treatments can be prescribed by a doctor.
You can also pursue natural treatments which may help to ease the symptoms of the condition and help your body to fight it.
Leading a healthy lifestyle is one of the simplest ways of managing the disease. You need to try stay physically active and eat healthily, cutting out harmful substances such as alcohol and cigarettes.
You can incorporate certain foods into your diet to help manage the disease:
- Omega-3 fatty acids found in fish such as sardines, mackerel, anchovies, and salmon.
- Ginger tea may help to relive the nausea caused by the condition.
- Important supplements to take include all B vitamins Vitamin C, Magnesium, and Zinc.
- Flax seeds have high fiber and lignin levels, which have shown to be beneficial for estrogen-related conditions.
- Colorful fresh fruit and vegetables give your body the vitamins and minerals it needs.
If you think you may have endometriosis, it is important to consult a doctor before trying to conceive as a medical professional will be able to assess your unique case and give you the relevant information to help you along the journey to becoming pregnant and giving birth to a healthy baby.