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Can Endometriosis Hamper Your Parenthood Journey?

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Avoiding extreme pain during periods can impact your journey towards parenthood 

Endometriosis is a disorder in which tissue similar to the tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus — grows outside your uterus – such as on the intestine or bladder, the ovaries and fallopian tubes, and the abdominal lining. As the condition worsens, these tissues can cause harm to the surrounding reproductive organs, reducing fertility. Usually, the pain is very severe when a woman is on her period and can be one of the major reasons for infertility. Fortunately, advanced and effective treatments are available.

How to know if you have endometriosis?

  • Severe pain during periods
  • You might experience pain while having intercourse or sometimes after that too.
  • Pain while urinating (usually when you are on your periods)
  • Excessive occasional bleeding when you are on your periods.
  • Endometriosis is sometimes discovered when seeking infertility treatment.
  • Excessive tiredness

Link between endometriosis and infertility?

Endometriosis is by far one of the common causes of infertility. The specific relationship between endometriosis and infertility is unknown, although the severity of the problem and the placement of the tissue appears to have an influence.  It affects around 25 million women in India, many of whom are in their 30s and 40s, generally causing problems in two out of every five women, to conceive and face difficulty in reaching parenthood.

Although endometriosis does not fully cause infertility, it can reduce fertility in many that may lead to delay in enjoying parenthood. Endometriosis can affect fertility in various ways, including deformed pelvic structure, damaged fallopian tubes, inflammation of pelvic structures, changed immune system functioning, poor pregnancy implantation, and reduced egg quality.(parenthood)

People in the early stages of the condition may be able to get pregnant on their own, but in the later stages, they will most likely require medication, IUI, or IVF. Although treatment usually depends on person to person.