Understanding Endometriosis | What To Ask Your Doctor

A diagnosis of endometriosis can be very disheartening, especially for women who are trying to start a family. However, being diagnosed with this condition does not mean having children is impossible. Conception just may need a little help along the way. Here are some questions women should ask the doctor about endometriosis.

 

WHAT CAUSES ENDOMETRIOSIS?

The exact cause of this condition is unknown. However, endometriosis may be linked to one of several other conditions including retrograde menstrual flow, surgical scars, embryonic cell growth, estrogen hormones, and genetics.

 

HOW ARE SYMPTOMS OF ENDOMETRIOSIS CONTROLLED?

Some symptoms of endometriosis can be treated with over-the-counter pain relievers. These will help to ease painful menstrual cramps. If the woman is not trying to become pregnant, the doctor may also recommend hormone therapy or birth control. Birth control pills, patches, or other forms of hormonal birth control can help to decrease endometriosis symptoms.

 

DOES ENDOMETRIOSIS AFFECT A WOMAN’S SEX LIFE?

Sometimes, endometriosis can cause sexual intercourse to be painful for a woman. This can lead to reduced sexual satisfaction. Over time this can also result in loss of sexual drive. Treatment with hormonal birth control can help decrease these symptoms of endometriosis.

 

CAN ENDOMETRIOSIS MAKE HAVING CHILDREN DIFFICULT?

Endometriosis can sometimes make starting a family harder, though this will depend on the severity of the condition. Becoming pregnant is possible for most women who suffer from this condition. Some women with endometriosis, however, may need a little help. In these cases, assisted reproductive technologies (ART) may be an option.

 

COULD FERTILITY TREATMENTS HELP?

Typically, women with stage I and II endometriosis can become pregnant naturally. Women with more advanced stages can benefit from fertility treatments such as in vitro fertilization (IVF). Fertility treatment options will vary based on the individual.

 

GET TREATMENT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE

Endometriosis does not have to worsen with age. Although there is no cure, women who seek treatment early can find an effective treatment to manage symptoms. Women with endometriosis symptoms should speak with a healthcare provider to find treatment options and solutions.

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