You may have heard about Endometriosis because your friend, sister, or mom has it. Heck, maybe you even have it! If you are here right now, I am sure you have probably heard a lot about it. With that being said, I hope I can share some useful information regarding this topic.
Did you know that Endometriosis affects about 1 in 10 women in their reproductive years? It’s more common than you may think. It’s a painful thing to go through both physically and mentally. Let’s dive in!
What IS Endometriosis?
So what is Endometriosis exactly? Endometriosis is when the lining of the Uterus (endometrium) grows outside of the Uterus. It can grow on the ovaries, the Fallopian tubes, and/or the pelvis. A normal menstrual cycle will make a woman shed the lining of her Uterus. This endometrium lining that is growing outside of the Uterus has nowhere to go or be “shed” so it stays and builds up, causing major problems with fertility. Unfortunately, your sex life can also be affected due to the pain (not the inability to have sex).
What Are My Options to Conceive?
If you or someone you love is going through this, you’re in luck. Modern medicine is truly a miracle. Of course, the treatment options will vary based on many factors such as age and overall health including just how severe ones endometriosis is.
Fertility drugs are often not utilized alone in a scenario such as this because it has not been a proven way to increase the success of a pregnancy. However, fertility drugs coupled with the following procedures have been proven successful.
IUI- Intrauterine Insemination
This procedure is quite simply the injection of sperm straight into the Uterus so that the sperm don’t have such a rough travel and have a better chance of making it to the egg. For a more in depth look at IUI, you can visit my post all about it.
IVF- In Vitro Fertilization
IVF is a more invasive fertility procedure that costs a significant amount of money, but if you are able to swing it, it will improve your odds immensely. If you don’t already know, IVF is the process of growing an embryo outside the body and then placing it straight into the Uterus in the hopes that it will implant. Using this process, you bypass (for the most part) the issues of the tissue clogging everything up.
This is a rare case. Doctors do not like to perform surgery for this if they know you are trying to conceive. The reason for this is because the more abdominal surgery a doctor performs, the more scar tissue will grow (which will also hinder fertility). I have personally known people who have had to have multiple surgeries to remove endometriosis and scar tissue. It’s definitely not fun and quite the vicious cycle.
With Endometriosis comes a lot of pain so if you know someone with Endometriosis…it’s not in their head and they aren’t being a hypochondriac. There are several ways to combat the pain that comes along with this condition.
I won’t be able to do an already great list justice so I will just link the list of ideas here. I recently purchased a small heating pad (which is the number 1 mentioned in this article) and I use it every night on a sore back. It’s a game changer and you will probably fall in love!
In addition to this list, it is also common for a doctor to suggest birth control for pain management (if you are not actively trying to conceive).
You Got This
I know it’s hard and annoying, but you will get through this. Do whatever it takes to research and learn your options. Feel better. Don’t Walk the Lonely Path Alone.Whitley