On average, it takes 10 years for women with Endometriosis to receive a proper diagnosis.
Endometriosis affects 1 in 10 women in the United States and an estimated 200 million women worldwide. Despite being one of the most common gynecological disorders, it often goes undetected for years due to its symptoms being mistaken for menstrual cramps, or because there may not be any symptoms at all.
What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a chronic and often painful condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus, called the endometrium, starts growing in places outside the uterus. This tissue can grow on the ovaries, fallopian tubes, or the lining of the pelvis. Sometimes, it can even grow beyond the pelvic area.
Normally, during the menstrual cycle, the endometrium thickens and sheds and then sheds out of the body during the period. But if this tissue grows outside of the uterus, it gets trapped.
When this happens around the ovaries, it can cause irritation and lead to the formation of cysts (known as endometriomas) or scar tissue.
What are the Symptoms of Endometriosis?
Endometriosis symptoms can vary widely among individuals, and some may experience mild symptoms while others may have severe ones. Common symptoms of endometriosis include:
– Menstrual-related bloating, cramps, nausea, constipation, fatigue
– Painful urination or bowel movements during menstrual periods
– Moderate to severe menstrual pain and heavy bleeding
– Challenges with fertility and conceiving
– Discomfort during sexual intercourse
– Chronic lower back and pelvic pain
– Can sometimes be asymptomatic
How can Endometriosis impact Fertility?
Endometriosis can impede the fertilization of an egg by blocking off the fallopian tubes
Endometriosis may also damage the egg and/or sperm and impact ovarian reserve
About 1/3 to 1/2 of women with endometriosis have difficulty getting pregnant
Trying to Conceive with Endometriosis?
Think you may have endometriosis?
Or perhaps you’ve already been diagnosed with endometriosis and are thinking about how it might affect your fertility…
Generation Next Fertility understands the complexities of these concerns, which is why we are proud to introduce Dr. Serin Seckin. With her exceptional background in the intimate relationship between endometriosis and fertility, Dr. Seckin is uniquely positioned to provide comprehensive care tailored to your needs.