Being diagnosed with endometriosis doesn’t necessarily mean you will lose the ability to have children.  Infertility can be a consequence of Endometriosis. 

What is endometriosis?  Every month a woman’s ovaries produce cells that stimulate the cells of the uterine lining to multiply and prepare it for pregnancy.  If the cells grow on the outside of the uterus, it results in endometriosis.  Unlike the uterine cells that shed.  These ones stay in place.  They may bleed, but they heal and are stimulated again during the next cycle.   These cells typically occur in the pelvis, on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bowels, bladder and even the rectum. 

The impact on fertility is believed to be a number of things.  Scarring or adhesions in the pelvis, which are bands that form between tissue and organs, (also known as scar tissue) could have an impact on fertility.  The fallopian tubes or ovaries may become attached to one another or the lining of the pelvis, restricting their movement.  Which means that if the ovaries or the fallopian tubes are moved then the egg cannot be transferred.

If intercourse is painful, there may be an unwillingness to partake, during a woman’s most fertile time.

Signs and symptoms of Endometriosis include; painful periods, pain in the pelvis prior to menstruation, and during menstruation, pain during or after sex, pain with bowel movements and low back pain during menstruation.  

Treatment for endometriosis can range based on severity, whether or not you want children, and age.  There are medications to prevent endometriosis from getting worse, surgery, and potentially a hysterectomy with removal of both ovaries.  There are several methods available to treat and maintain this condition.   Explore all your options.  We have various vitamins and supplements available in our conception aids tab that will help boost the health and strength of your uterus.

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