Endometriosis is the medical term for the condition marked by the growth of the endometrial cells outside of the uterus in some other places in the pelvis. Endometriosis is a serious painful condition since there is no cure for it and since it can cause problems with conception. This condition usually appear in women in their childbearing age from 25 to 35 years of age. The main cause has not yet been discovered, but there are some risk factors like having in family somebody with this condition and having prolonged periods while the length of cycle is short.
Symptoms of endometriosis
The symptoms of this condition may be similar to the symptoms of some other health issues and therefore a doctor should be consulted and certain testing should be performed so that the diagnosis should be accurate. The most common warning signs of endometriosis are long and painful menstruation accompanied by back pain and diarrhea or constipation. Painful intercourse and ovary pain are also the possible signs of endometriosis.
This condition is treatable but it cannot be cured. It is treated with painkillers and mainly with contraceptive pills, but in severe cases hysterectomy or a surgery is required. The women who have to cope with endometriosis do not experience the symptoms of endometriosis once they enter menopause.
Endometriosis and pregnancy problems
Endometriosis can induce infertility in women and it is estimated that this condition is the main culprit for the infertility in 25% to 50% of the infertile couples. Endometriosis may cause infertility due to a couple of reasons, for example, it may change the uterus and as a consequence the uterus cannot support the embryo. Furthermore, the woman’s egg can be altered by this condition. It is also possible that this condition obstructs the release of eggs or to prevent the implantation.
Getting pregnant with endometriosis
Those women who are dealing with mild endometriosis have 75% of the chances to stay pregnant while in women who have severe endometriosis the chances are about from 30% to 40%. Since endometriosis can aggravate over time, it is recommended to conceive pregnancy as soon as possible since later it would be very difficult. The women with severe endometriosis should opt for in vitro fertilization when the egg is fertilized by a sperm outside of the body and then placed back in the body. When a woman with endometriosis stays pregnant, she might have certain problems like strong pain in the pelvic and even miscarriage may occur, but it does not happen in all cases.