Endometriosis and pregnancy: is it possible to get pregnant? The answer is yes, even if there are complications and risks.
Endometriosis is a disease not always easy to diagnose. It is due to the abnormal development of the endometrium, the tissue that lines the uterus. Normally, this tissue is only in the uterus. It hosts the egg which is expelled during menstruations if not fertilized. If you are suffering from endometriosis, this tissue expands and invades the whole pelvis. In severe cases, it can even reach the surrounding organs, such as the intestine.
If not diagnosed and treated, endometriosis can cause fertility problems and put pregnancies at risks, if you can get pregnant. Let’s see how to deal with this disease and pregnancy in the right way.
Endometriosis and natural pregnancy: is it possible?
As said, endometriosis can also put female fertility at risk. As time goes by, the endometrium increasingly thickens, causing problem in the implantation of the fertilized egg. In addition, the abnormal development of the tissue can severely damage surrounding organs such as tubes and ovaries, causing continuous adhesions and infections.
However, even women suffering from this disease can have a natural pregnancy, even if it could be more difficult. Before attempting a pregnancy, it is necessary to address the pathology with a gynecologist. Usually, doctors prescribe contraceptive pills, to reduce the volume of the endometrium. If the tissue is very large, it may be necessary to perform laparoscopy surgery to remove it.
Endometriosis and pregnancy at risk
Endometriosis not only makes difficult getting pregnant, but it also puts the pregnancy at risk. According to a study conducted by the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary in the United Kingdom, presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embriology, in women suffering from this disease the risk of miscarriage is higher by 76% compared to women who do not suffer from it, and the risk of developing an ectopic pregnancy is three times greater.
In addition, women who manage to carry the pregnancy may often experience complications such as before and after-delivery bleedings and preterm delivery. If you are suffering from endometriosis, pregnancy pains are very common, but they usually tend to disappear with time. In any case, it is always better to see your gynecologist.
Other possible complications during pregnancy are:
–anomalies in the development of the placenta,
– anomalies in the implantation of the embryo,
– pelvic inflammations,
– arterial hypertension, and pre-eclampsia.
Endometriosis after giving birth
Many women during pregnancy, when everything works out regularly, notice endometriosis improvements, with the partial or total remission of symptoms. After the delivery, the disease may reoccur as before the pregnancy, but it can also improve or worsen. Usually, the doctor prescribes the pill immediately after childbirth to prevent further deteriorations.
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