To say endometriosis is a common disease is a bit of an understatement. It affects roughly one in 10 women in America and more than 176 million women worldwide.
Endometriosis occurs when the tissue that makes up the uterine lining (the lining of the womb) is found on other organs in your body. Although more often considered a reproductive disease that can impact the ovaries, uterus, and fallopian tubes, endometriosis can also be found on the bowels, bladder, appendix, and other organs.
What does endometriosis have to do with infertility?
There is a connection between endometriosis and infertility. In fact, 20 to 40 percent of women with infertility will have endometriosis. The disease can impair fertility in two ways:
- By causing the formation of scar tissue in the pelvic area, and adhesion-related distortions of the fallopian tubes, which can interfere with the mechanics of fertilization and implantation.
- By creating inflammation that can adversely affect the function of the ovary, egg, fallopian tubes, or uterus.
Symptoms of endometriosis
Take note and see your doctor if you experience one or more of the following symptoms:
- Intense cramps during menstruation
- Pain during intercourse
- Pain with ovulation
- Frequent urination, especially around the time of menses
- Discomfort during bowel movements, constipation or diarrhea, especially during the time of your period
- Menstrual-related lower back pain or leg pain
- Frequent fatigue
Helping you overcome every barrier to fertility
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