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Infertility can have many causes . Some common reasons you may have trouble getting pregnant can include untreated infections, poor egg quality, the shape of your uterus, or certain health conditions. One such health problem that can interfere with fertility is endometriosis.
Endometriosis is a debilitating condition that causes severe pain and discomfort. Along with the painful physical symptom/s, endometriosis can also act behind the scenes to harm your chances of becoming pregnant.
This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about the endometriosis fertility problem link. It will also help you better understand your options for treatment to improve your ability to become pregnant.
Endometriosis is a condition where tissue that should normally grow inside of your uterus grows outside of the uterus instead. Some common places the endometriosis tissue grows include :
When this specific type of tissue grows where it doesn’t belong, it can be very painful. This is because it is the same type of tissue that lines your uterus. When you menstruate each month, your uterus sheds that tissue and you bleed. The tissue in places other than your uterus can follow the same shedding process, leading to extreme pain and discomfort.
Endometriosis is also very common. It’s estimated that as many as five million people in the United States may suffer from endometriosis . It can affect you at any age, although the most commonly diagnosed age groups are people in their thirties and forties. Those who have short menstrual cycles, haven’t had children, and have a family member with endometriosis are more likely to have the condition.
Some of the common symptoms associated with endometriosis include:
However, some people don’t experience severe symptoms. Others don’t have any symptoms at all. Regardless of the severity (or lack thereof) of your symptoms, you may be at greater risk for infertility if you suffer from endometriosis.
There are several reasons endometriosis can lead to infertility. When the excess tissue grows where it shouldn’t, complications follow, such as :
Endometriosis has been shown to contribute to infertility in many people. Unfortunately, it’s very difficult to pinpoint the exact breadth of endometriosis’s impact on fertility.
However, some research suggests that as many as 25% to 50% of infertile women also have endometriosis . And it’s estimated that between 30% to 50% of those who suffer from endometriosis are infertile.
The good news is that certain treatments can improve your quality of life and relieve some symptoms of endometriosis. Other treatment options may help improve your ability to become pregnant.
The available endometriosis treatment options can be divided into two categories: those that can make you more comfortable and those that may improve your chances of getting pregnant. The right endometriosis treatment option for you depends on several factors, including:
Let’s take a closer look at some of the options that might be available, depending on your situation.
There are three main treatments for improving the quality of life for those who suffer from endometriosis. These treatments may or may not have a direct impact on fertility. Instead, the focus is on relieving some of the symptoms. Your chosen endometriosis treatment option might include :
Many individuals with endometriosis may have trouble getting pregnant. When this happens, there are two routes typically used to increase the likelihood that they will be able to get pregnant. These include :
It’s also important to know that endometriosis can make certain pregnancy complications more likely. Those who suffer from endometriosis are at a higher risk for :
Keep in mind that not all those who have endometriosis will have complications. It’s just something to be aware of and discuss with your doctor.
Finally, while endometriosis is a frequent culprit when it comes to fertility problems, it’s certainly not the only cause. Some other conditions that can impact your ability to become pregnant may include: 
This is by no means an exhaustive list of potential causes of infertility. If you’ve been trying to get pregnant for at least a year without success, you should speak with a healthcare professional about the potential underlying causes of infertility.
Endometriosis is a debilitating condition that can interfere with fertility. The cysts, adhesions, and scarring left behind by the condition can impair your ovaries’ ability to release eggs during ovulation. Scarring in the uterine lining may also prevent the implantation of fertilized eggs, resulting in an inability to maintain a viable pregnancy. Treatments do exist to improve both the quality of life and the ability to get pregnant in those who have endometriosis.
However, endometriosis isn’t the only cause of fertility problems. If you don’t have endometriosis but are still having trouble getting pregnant, then your hormones might be the culprit. The Everlywell Women’s Fertility Test measures specific hormones that can influence your fertility. This simple, at-home test can give you some helpful insight into your body so that you can make informed decisions about where to go next.
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