Getting Pregnant with Endometriosis
By Jacqueline Harris
Endometriosis is a very serious and painful medical condition that millions of women suffer through every year. Most of the women who are diagnosed with endometriosis are in their twenties, which, for many young women, is also the time many of these women are considering starting a family. This causes a great deal of concern and raises many questions about pregnancy and endometriosis.
One of the side effects of endometriosis is infertility, so in order to get pregnant, the woman will have to seek treatment for her endometriosis and get her condition under control before she can start trying to have a family. This usually involves hormone treatment therapy, usually in the form of birth control pills. In some cases, depending on the severity of the endometriosis, a woman may have to have surgery in order to remove the endometrial cells before they can begin trying to conceive.
Once you become pregnant, you may have several other concerns. Of course, in order to become pregnant, you went off your birth control pills, and you may be concerned that your pregnancy will be very painful. However, this is not necessarily the case. The vast majority of women experience relief from the symptoms of endometriosis. For many women, pregnancy will be a breeze after the pain and suffering they endured because of their endometriosis.
Of course, it is in your best interest to discuss your endometriosis with your doctor once you do decide to try to conceive. Your doctor will be able to discuss any specific questions or concerns you may have with you directly. Also, if you are no currently involved with a support group for women with endometriosis, your doctor may be able to direct you to a group. The women in this group may be a fount of knowledge that will be a great support to you.
Many pregnant women become consumed with worry, especially if they have a pre-existing medical condition. However, endometriosis will not have any adverse effect on your unborn baby. Although it is a condition to be mindful of, it should not be a major concern during your pregnancy. Your child will not be impacted one way or another by this medical condition.
After pregnancy, most women do go back to their birth control pills for at least several months after delivering their child. Also, most women report that their Endometriosis symptoms are much less painful or difficult than they were before pregnancy. Statistically speaking, women who have had a successful pregnancy are less likely to experience a significant recurrence of their endometriosis.
While endometriosis can lead to infertility and difficulty in conceiving, millions of women with endometriosis have given birth to healthy, happy children. While endometriosis may complicate your life, your child will not be affected by your endometriosis. In fact, your endometriosis may be positively impacted by your pregnancy!