The Real Effect Endometriosis Has on Fertility

Apr 23, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. ET
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Endometriosis is common — about 10 percent of women have it — and while it may be best known for causing incredibly painful periods, it also can have a huge impact on your ability to get pregnant. In fact, 30 to 50 percent of women with endometriosis can experience infertility, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, and women with more severe endometriosis (stage 4) can have the most difficulty in becoming pregnant due to scarring, blocked fallopian tubes and damaged ovaries. But not all women with endometriosis are infertile and many have children without difficulty, so what's the real effect of endometriosis on fertility? Ahead are five things to consider.

1 /5: Inflammation & Irritation

Sperm in uterus
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1/5 :Inflammation & Irritation

2 /5: Adhesions

Sperm in fallopian tubes
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2/5 :Adhesions

3 /5: Quality of Eggs

Eggs in fallopian tubes
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3/5 :Quality of Eggs

4 /5: Fewer Eggs May Be Released Each Month

Eggs
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4/5 :Fewer Eggs May Be Released Each Month

5 /5: Getting Pregnant May Still Be Possible

Pregnant women
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5/5 :Getting Pregnant May Still Be Possible