Getting pregnant despite endometriosis - diagnosis and treatment options
An estimated 7 to 15 percent of all women of childbearing age suffer from endometriosis. For some, the disease is the reason for fertility problems and an unfulfilled desire to have children.
On average, it takes six years from the first appearance of symptoms, or the first complaints, until diagnosis.
Endometriosis is hereditary, patients with a family history of endometriosis are much more likely to suffer from it. If this is the case, you should share this information with your doctor.
Endometriosis is chronic and can also affect other organs, but is not malignant.
Endometriosis is the presence of womb lining (endometrium) outside of the womb, e.g. in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder or bowel. These areas undergo the same changes as the womb lining does in a menstrual cycle. These areas can bleed at the time of menstruation and can cause an inflammatory reaction that leads to pain
Severe period pains
Pain can occur a few days before a period starts
Pain when emptying the bladder or bowel
Pain during sex
Difficulty getting pregnant
In severe cases it can cause fatigue, insomnia, anxiety and depression
If you suspect you have endometriosis you should see a gynaecologist. An ultrasound examination of the pelvis may be helpful, but a laparoscopy is required to make a diagnosis.
A laparoscopy is a camera investigation of the pelvis. It is performed under general anaesthetic, but is usually a procedure where you can go home on the same day. If endometriosis is found, it should be possible to remove it at the time of the laparoscopy. This should help relieve pain for the patient after this procedure.
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