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Can you get pregnant with Endometriosis?

Can you get Pregnant with Endometriosis

The question is simple, yet the answer is rather complicated. In short, yes, you can get pregnant with endometriosis. With that being said, the chances are quite low. Let’s go over what endometriosis is, the symptoms that occur, causes of the disorder itself, how it causes infertility, during and after pregnancy, what you can do to decrease your chances of this misfortune from happening in the first place and lastly, the good news.

What is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a disorder that causes pain for many woman. This disorder causes tissue that ordinarily lines the inside of the uterus, known as the endometrium, grow outside of your uterus. With this continuing, your fallopian tubes have a possibility of being blocked and it can even overlay your ovaries. This can be very painful in general, but it’s even worse during your period. It can also cause bowel and ureteral obstruction and put you at an increased risk of cancer. Some risk factors that can increase your chance of getting Endometriosis include high levels of estrogen, heavier or shorter periods, a later menopause and beginning your period at an early age.


The cause of Endometriosis is unknown. Although this is true, experts have said that causes of this disorder might include things like a weakened immune system, increase in hormones and retrograde menstruation. It also has been known to be inherited in genes.

Does Endometriosis cause infertility and how?

As you can see, there are many detrimental aspects of this disorder.To answer the question, yes, it can cause infertility. Unfortunately Endometriosis usually starts at the age that most woman would conceive at. (30’s-40’s) That’s why many say, “the older you are, the harder it is.” So yes, this painful disorder plays a huge role in why  many woman cannot have children, but it’s more common than you might think. 30-50% of woman with this disorder cannot conceive, and the leading cause to infertility is gynecological conditions. You’re probably wondering how these two tie in together and although the answer is unclear, experts have said that Endometriosis blocks or even targets the sperm, hindering any chance of it reaching the egg. It also changes your bodies hormones, and when many times when your hormones are being messed with, your body won’t react normally. This can cause your immune system to attack your embryo. So how will you know that you have Endometriosis? It’s common to be diagnosed solely off of when you get examined for why you’re not able to conceive.

During and After Pregnancy with Endometriosis

So what happens if you do end up getting pregnant? That’s great news! Let’s talk about what happens during the pregnancy first; research shows that most woman have a calm, uncomplicated pregnancy. Complications are rare, meaning that your pregnancy alone will most-likely have no affect on how your disorder treats your body. Although there have been reports of woman having a miscarriage or complications, it’s not entirely linked to having this disorder. As for after the pregnancy, it’s known that when your hormones go back to normal, you’re not breast feeding and you get your period cycle back, symptoms can either return or completely stop. Even if symptoms improve, it’s a good idea to keep checking up with your doctor.

The Good News

Looking up medical information on the internet can be really scary. There’s all these big, harsh words that look terrifying at first glance. Don’t worry though, there’s good news! The good news is, there are many things that you can do to prevent infertility from happening while having Endometriosis. Having this condition can bring up feelings like sadness, confusion and stress. It’s okay to take your time to recognize those feelings, but at the end of the day, there is hope, so don’t wallow in your negative emotions, it’s going to be okay! Telling your doctor all your specific symptoms can help them help you.  There’s plenty of options to chose from. It’s a good idea to talk to your doctor and go through all options.

NOTE:This article is not intended to provide specific medical advice or replace advice from your health practitioner. It’s written to be educational and provide information.


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