If you are having difficulty conceiving, there may be an underlying cause. Many women who have a condition called endometriosis find that conception is troublesome. Endometriosis is a disorder in which uterine tissue, known as the endometrium, grows outside of the uterus. This tissue growth can affect the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and pelvic tissue. The tissue that builds up in these areas has no way to exit the body, unlike that of uterine tissue that is broken down and flushed out during menstruation.
Common Symptoms of Endometriosis:
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms below, you may be suffering from endometriosis.
- Painful periods. Although pain with your period is expected, women who have endometriosis often complain of severe menstruation cramps that begin several days prior to menstruation and continue for several days during the period. Additionally, endometriosis sufferers may have lower back pain and abdominal pain with their period.
- Infertility. Due to the tissue growth affecting reproductive organs, at times women who have endometriosis have difficulty with conception. In many cases, this is when endometriosis is first diagnosed.
- Unexplained pain. Women who are suffering from endometriosis tend to have pain during or after sexual intercourse. Additionally, painful bowel movements or urination may occur, especially during menstruation.
- Heavy bleeding. It is common for those with endometriosis to have heavy flows during menstruation as well as spotting or bleeding between cycles.
Women with this condition may also experience diarrhea, bloating, constipation, fatigue, and/or nausea. These symptoms most commonly occur during their period.
Seek Treatment for Symptoms of Endometriosis
If you identify with any of the above symptoms of endometriosis and are having difficulty conceiving, schedule an appointment with a fertility expert today. It is estimated that ⅓ to ½ of women with the endometriosis have difficulty with getting pregnant. This is due to the condition potentially obstructing the path of the egg and the sperm, not allowing them to unite. The first step in treating endometriosis, and hopefully conception, is a proper diagnosis.
Contact Carolinas Fertility Institute for Endometriosis Treatment
In many cases, women with endometriosis are still able to conceive and carry a pregnancy to term. In order to enhance this likelihood, working with a fertility expert is advised, such as Carolinas Fertility Institute. Carolinas Fertility Institute specializes in helping women with endometriosis conceive, and you could be next. Learn more about what our patients have to say and request an appointment with our office today.