Endometriosis And Pregnancy

Written by Amy Hall
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Endometriosis can be put into remission during pregnancy. The irony is that many women become infertile because endometriosis wreaks havoc on their internal organs, especially those involved in reproduction, such as the uterus, the fallopian tubes, and the ovaries. Some women have no idea they even have endometriosis until they try unsuccessfully to get pregnant and finally seek out some medical assistance.

Endometriosis that goes undetected can leave extensive scarring from adhesions and growths that can block the fallopian tubes or even bind the ovaries to the bowel or the uterus to the bladder. If however, a woman does become pregnant, she has a chance of going into remission from this destructive disease as her body stops ovulating. Ovulation that does not end up in conception triggers menstruation, which is the worst time of the month for a woman with endometriosis.

During menstruation, the blood from the endometrial cells that are located outside of the uterus does not exit the body via the vagina; rather it flows internally into the pelvic cavity, causing scar tissue and adhesions to form. Many women find that the pain during their menstrual period is so excruciating that they cannot participate in their normal daily activities, such as going to work or taking care of their children. Pregnancy puts an end to this pain and suffering because for nine or more months a woman does not have her menstrual period, thus the pain associated with this time is nonexistent.

Endometriosis and Pregnancy--An End to the Pain?

Although infertility is a big issue among women with endometriosis, it should be said that many women do get pregnant and carry their babies to full term. In some cases, pregnancy puts an end to endometriosis, as the symptoms never resume. There are other women who do notice the return of their previous symptoms, but to a lesser degree. If you have endometriosis and want to become pregnant, you may want to talk to your doctor about the best time to try. Waiting it out could make it more difficult to conceive, as time only gives endometriosis the chance to cause more destruction internally. Your doctor can help you determine your options.

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