Words that usually go hand in hand, endometriosis andinfertility, much to the concern of many of us. I’m not here to tell you that this is or isn’t the case, as there are many individual factors that need to be taken into account.
Location, quantity and severity of endometriosis found areall elements that can help doctors to estimate fertility levels in patients. I was told that I had a 25% chance of conceiving naturally, as are many others with stage IV endometriosis. When you couple this with the 44% miscarriage rate for adenomyosis, this leaves me with a measly 14% chance of conceiving and carrying to term. Not great odds. But, as many doctors told me, don’t get too caught up in the numbers, because they are not specifically tailored to each individual.
Even though the odds don’t always look great, it is important to remember that they are very general bands, based on each stage and don’t take into account your individual circumstances. It has been reported that 60-70% of women with endometriosis do conceive, although they can have a more difficult time.
There are now many ways to help you conceive with endometriosis, medication, surgery and IVF are all methods used by couples with endometriosis to conceive a child. It is important to remember this if you are struggling, that there are options for you. I’m not going to go into too much detail on these, as I am not medically trained and this is a very complicated and sensitive topic that I do not want to cause any confusion around. What I will say though, is that if you do have any concerns, discuss them with your doctor at the earliest convenience. The more head start you get, the better the odds and typically the easier your journey will be.
Difficulty conceiving is the way that a lot of women find out that they have endometriosis, because the doctors will be investigating why they are struggling to conceive. Endometriosis can be a big deal when you are trying to have babies, and it can be a very daunting thought. Don’t bottle it up, make sure you talk about it – whether to your partner, doctor, friends or relatives. They may not be able to actually help, but sometimes you just need to get it off your chest and talk about it. I for one, find talking very helpful when I’m struggling with any aspect of endometriosis.
This is one of the topics surrounding endometriosis that is always difficult to cover, it is just so sensitive and there are too many individual variables involved to be able to provide accurate but generalised information. If you take one thing away from reading this, it’s not to loose hope. Don’t get caught up too much in the odds and statistics you are faced with, and arm yourself with all the information you can.