Is Your Endometriosis Making It Harder For You To Get Pregnant?
So you have endometriosis. It’s very likely the following thought has popped into your head at some point:
“Will endometriosis affect my ability to get pregnant?”
Well, the answer is, it depends. Studies have found that 21-44% of infertile women have endometriosis. A much smaller number of fertile women have it.
Before you panic, realise this. We currently don’t know whether or not endometriosis is actually RELATED to the infertility. Meaning, yes more women who are infertile have it, but that doesn’t mean that the endometriosis itself has CAUSED the infertility.
At Hunter Women’s Health, we know it can be stressful to think about, but realise there are millions of women with endometriosis who can conceive.
One of the most widespread theories is that endometriosis causes some inflammation, which makes it harder for pregnancy to happen.
The good news is that fertility treatments currently work on women with endometriosis. So again, it’s not that endometriosis makes it impossible for you to conceive. In fact, all we know is that it may make it more likely that you will have difficulty getting pregnant.
If you’re reading this because you’ve been having difficulty conceiving, it’s time to schedule an appointment with Dr John Bailey. He’ll be able to begin fertility treatments on you that will very likely make it easier for you to conceive.
If you can, start early
Because women with endometriosis can have difficulty conceiving, if you want a child, it’s best to start trying to get pregnant as early as you feel you can.
It’s shown that women with endometriosis—on average—take longer to get pregnant than those without. So if you’re lucky enough to be reading this before you want to have a child, know that the sooner you start trying, the better your odds are.
Stress can play a roll
When you’ve been trying to have a baby for a while and you haven’t gotten pregnant yet, it’s really easy to stress out about it.
You start having nightmares that you’re infertile and then you start picturing that you’ll never have the family you want. But is it true? Well, probably not. Again, just because you have endometriosis does not mean you’re infertile. And just because it’s taking longer than you think it should to get pregnant, does not mean it’ll never happen.
In fact, worrying about all of this will cause you stress, which absolutely will make it harder for you to conceive. While you may be worrying that your endometriosis is making it impossible for you to get pregnant, the real culprit might be the worry itself.
Also increased stress contributes to increased difficulties from endometriosis. So to take both issues head-on, take a look at how you’re worrying, and what you’re worrying about.
Take real steps to rid yourself of as much worry as possible. And if your worry is stemming from your endometriosis and trying to get pregnant, again, realise it might be the WORRYING that is actually causing the problem.
If you are concerned that your endometriosis is preventing you from falling pregnant, book an appointment with Dr John Bailey and he will be able to assess the right pathway to begin your conception journey.