What Exactly Is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a very common condition involving misplaced tissue from the uterus lining. During a woman’s menstrual cycle, shreds of tissue from the uterus lining travel out of the fallopian tube and can get trapped in the abdomen, where they respond to hormonal fluctuations just as the uterus does, causing inflammation, irritation, pain and discomfort.
Some of the most common symptoms of endometriosis include the following:
- Pain and discomfort in the abdomen (extreme pain, in severe cases)
- Painful intercourse
- Painful menstrual periods
- Abnormalities with urination and/ or bowel movements
Although these are the most common symptoms of endometriosis, approximately 15 to 20 percent of women have endometriosis without showing any symptoms at all. Furthermore, some women evidence signs of endometriosis without having the actual disease.
How Does Endometriosis Affect Fertility?
The pain caused by endometriosis can reduce the will to even try to get pregnant. In addition, the inflammation and irritation of the abdomen can directly reduce fertility. Extreme swelling may prevent the egg from reaching its destination and may damage both eggs and sperm. In severe cases of endometriosis, adhesions can form, blocking the fallopian tubes and reducing overall function of the pelvic organs. All in all, endometriosis can create an inhospitable environment for both sperm and egg cells, as well as the embryo you may have been lucky enough to form, reducing a woman’s chances of becoming pregnant.
Another possible cause of infertility among women is vitamin deficiency. For example, many women who have low Vitamin D levels are more likely to suffer from infertility. Therefore, consuming a healthy diet, rich with essential vitamins and minerals, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle might improve fertility and increase chances of pregnancy.
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