What is endometriosis
Endometriosis is often a chronic condition where the unique tissue found inside the womb starts to grow in other places within the abdomen and pelvis. Such sites include inside or on the eggs (ovary), fallopian tubes, pelvic wall lining, intestines, bladder, blood vessels and nerves. Endometriosis can cause damage to the organs, infertility, pain and affect the quality of life. The condition has four stages, where the fourth stage is the most severe. This condition is caused by genetics and a mixture of environmental factors.
What are the signs of endometriosis?
You may have the condition if you frequently suffer from the below symptoms
- Lower abdominal pain
- Pain deep inside your stomach during sexual intercourse
- Extremely painful periods
- Severe pain that starts before your periods continues throughout and continues for some days after the periods.
Endometriosis and pregnancy
There is a link between endometriosis and infertility due to the fact that endometriosis often affects and damages the womb, fallopian tubes and ovaries. A person cannot get pregnant naturally if their tubes are blocked. If that is the case, then they would need specialized fertility treatment. It can also affect your ovaries and cause damage so that they do not work well and do not release an egg to enable pregnancy. Endometriosis also releases a toxic substance that damages sperm and prevents women from getting pregnant. Once a person with endometriosis gets pregnant, however, it is unlikely that the condition will be a problem.