Endometriosis is a condition in which uterine tissue is located outside the uterus where it often affects the ovary function and the fallopian tubes and uterus. Endometriosis and pregnancy are conditions that are often mentioned together due to the effect that endometriosis can have on a woman’s ability to conceive.
The misplaced uterine tissue responds to the hormonal cycle and replicates the monthly cycle, shedding and bleeding synchronised with the lining of the uterus each month and can result in the development of scar tissue as well as inflammation. Many women experience severe pain and an inability to conceive is often the result of the condition.
Endometriosis and pregnancy don’t have to be exclusive from each other. In fact, most women who are diagnosed with the condition are still able to conceive depending on the severity of the condition and the location of the endometrial tissue. Even without treatment, as many as 70% of those women who have a mild to moderate case of endometriosis will conceive within three years of trying.