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Endometriosis and pregnancy

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Endometriosis

A condition in which the tissue that borders the uterus develops outside of it. Endometriosis affects your ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the tissue lining your pelvic most commonly.

Endometriosis & pregnancy

Many women are concerned about the impact of endometriosis on their pregnancy and delivery once they get pregnant. According to experts, it is recommended not to stop medical care even after you get pregnant. 

Symptoms during pregnancy

Endometriosis is not a curable condition, pregnancy can only minimise or eliminate its symptoms because it is obvious that women who are pregnant do not have their periods.

Hormone changes during pregnancy might help to improve the symptoms.  Some women, however, continue to have discomforting symptoms throughout their pregnancy. 

Diagnosis

Your doctor will ask you to describe your symptoms, which includes the exact location of your pain and when it happens in order to diagnose endometriosis and other disorders it can cause pelvic discomfort.

Complications and risks during pregnancy

Endometriosis’s effect on pregnancy is inconsistent. Every woman’s body is different, so the complications and risks would also differ as per each case or individual. Most women with endometriosis will have a normal, uncomplicated pregnancy, and currently, extra monitoring is not recommended, but this is something to discuss with your fertility expert.

Treatment

Usually, most cases of endometriosis may be treated by laparoscopic surgery. The specialist will insert a laparoscope via a small incision near your navel and remove endometrial tissue.

After delivery

Each woman’s experiences related to endometriosis is different when the baby is born. For some, the symptoms might return once they stop breastfeeding. For others, endometriosis symptoms may resolve or improve. 

Endometriosis medical treatment must continue after the baby is born. Consult your fertility expert about further management and treatment options.

FAQs

How is one infected with endometriosis?

The most common cause of endometriosis is irregular or reverse menstrual flow. Some of the tissue starts to shed during the menstrual cycle and flows into other parts of the body, such as the pelvic, via the fallopian tube. 

Is it possible to conceive with thick endometrium?

When the uterine lining is excessively thick, the fertilised egg cannot be implanted resulting in no pregnancy. Therefore, it is important to address an overly thick uterine lining that can help you conceive. 

What are the early symptoms of endometriosis?

The early symptoms of endometriosis are abdominal cramps, pelvic pain during menstrual cycles, feeling of nausea and vomiting, irritable bowel movements during menstruation, lengthy and heavy menstruals and pain during or after sexual intercourse.

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