Does an Endometriosis Diagnosis Mean I Will Never Be Able to Become Pregnant?
Endometriosis is a disease that effects an estimated 200 million women – and their families – worldwide. This condition causes tissue, similar to the lining of the uterus, to grow in other places in the body. Endometriosis causes pelvic pain, often during a women’s period, and infertility.
One in every 20 U.S. women report symptoms suggesting endometriosis but are not diagnosed. And those who suffer the pain of endometriosis understand just how devasting the disease can be as it carries a large stigma and societal burden due to the disease’s link to infertility.
However, according to a 2014 market research survey of women with endometriosis, one out of every two women diagnosed with the disease have delivered one or more live births. Women who suffer from infertility may also suffer from endometriosis – and women who have given birth may also have endometriosis – the two are not mutually exclusive.
“Getting pregnant and having a healthy baby are possible and common even with an endometriosis diagnosis,” says Dr. Esmond Yen, OB/GYN with Premier Suburban Medical Group in Woodridge.
Having the disease could increase the difficulty of conceiving as well as the risk for serious pregnancy complications though. Women with endometriosis should expect more frequent and careful monitoring by their doctor to ensure quick detection of complications.
While endometriosis can impact a woman’s fertility, there are treatment options available to enhance the possibility of conception. Women with endometriosis can take the following steps to improve their chance of conceiving:
- Maintain a healthy weight,
- Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins,
- Engage in moderate exercise (e.g., walking, lifting weights, aerobics class) daily.
“The good news is that women with endometriosis conceive and deliver healthy babies every single day!” Dr. Yen goes on to say.
The key is to begin discussing conception options with your doctor as soon as you receive your diagnosis if you plan on becoming pregnant.
For more information about Dr. Esmond Yen, please visit www.premiersuburban.com, or call 815-300-7764 to make an appointment.