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Endometriosis and infertility

Endometriosis is a common condition where the tissue that normally lines the uterus grows outside of the uterus on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, intestines and bladder. It affects women during their reproductive years (ages 15-44).

It can also affect your ability to get pregnant, and may lead to infertility. Around 30-50% of women who experience infertility have endometriosis.

Can I continue to try to get pregnant spontaneously?

Absolutely! According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, more than 6 in 10 women with endometriosis will be able to conceive without difficulty.

Take our online quiz to see if you are at risk for endometriosis.

How do I know if I have endometriosis?

Diagnosing endometriosis can be challenging and may require surgery. If you’re experiencing unexplained infertility, endometriosis may be the culprit.

Common signs and symptoms include:

  • Pain, especially excessive menstrual cramps that may be felt in the abdomen or lower back
  • Pain during intercourse
  • Abnormal or heavy menstrual flow
  • Painful urination during menstrual periods
  • Painful bowel movements during menstrual periods
  • Diarrhea, constipation and/or nausea

Learn more about endometriosis.

What are my options?

Even if you’re experiencing infertility or having difficulty conceiving, there are methods that providers can use to assist you with getting pregnant. Some methods are:

  • Surgical removal of lesions, cysts and/or scar tissue
  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI)
  • In Vitro fertilization (IVF)

Endometriosis Care at University Health

If you are experiencing infertility related to endometriosis or suspect you have endometriosis, speak with your gynecologist as soon as possible. Some treatment options require a significant amount of time and can delay your conception journey.

Visit our website to learn how our reproductive team can help you navigate through your infertility journey.
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