Endometriosis and your fertility
ENDOMETRIOSIS – is it causing your infertility?
Endometriosis – you may not have heard of it, but it affects about 1.5 million UK women and girls. This painful condition means that cells similar to those in the womb lining make their way to other parts of the body.
Every month these cells behave in the same way to those in the womb. They build up and then break down and bleed. But the cells in the womb leave the body as a period. This blood cannot then escape and cause inflammation, scar tissue and pain.
Endometriosis is a chronic and exhausting condition that causes painful or heavy periods. It is tiring, can cause bowel and bladder problems and even infertility. Endometriosis can affect any women and girls of a childbearing age, regardless of race or ethnicity.
It is not infectious – you can’t pass it on to anyone else, and it isn’t cancer. But it can take years to diagnose – if diagnosed correctly at all.
SYMPTOMS can include
- Chronic pain
- Extreme fatigue & loss of energy
- Low mood & depression
- Problems with sex life & relationships
With the right treatment, many of the symptoms of endometriosis can be relieved, and fertility treatment has helped many sufferers have a family. If you are worried that you may be affected by endometriosis please do see your GP. Once you've received your diagnosis, we would be happy to help you with fertility treatment at CARE.
For even more information, why not visit the NHS's guide to Endometriosis, visit https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/endometriosis/