Are you one of the 1 in 10 UK women who has endometriosis?
It’s great news that MPs announced an inquiry into the condition this week – which takes on average 7.5 years to diagnose - after 13,500 brave women shared their endometriosis experiences of chronic pain, heavy periods and infertility for BBC research. You can watch some of their interviews here.
Endometriosis can make it harder to conceive because the inflammation and scar tissue it causes can stop the fallopian tubes and ovaries from working. But having endometriosis doesn’t mean you can’t have a baby.
Endometriosis, fertility treatment and getting pregnant
The help you need to have a baby all depends on where your endometriosis is occurring in your pelvis and how severe it is, as it affects women differently.
If it’s at a minimal stage, you may still be able to try and conceive naturally, or you may be advised to try IUI, where sperm is inserted into the uterus around the time of ovulation.
If your endometriosis is more extensive affecting your fallopian tubes and ovaries, you can try IVF, as the treatment overcomes many fallopian tube and ovulation issues. Donor eggs may also be advised in some cases, if ovarian reserve and egg quality is affected.
Endometriosis expertise at Manchester Fertility
If you have endometriosis and want to have a family it’s important to get a fertility evaluation and specialist help sooner rather than later, as your age is one of the things that can affect chances of success. If you would like to start your journey and want to find out about your fertility, we offer a full fertility assessment for £395.
Help and support for endometriosis
For more endometriosis advice, help and support, visit Endometriosis UK.
Last updated: 10th October 2019