The Real Effect Endometriosis Has on Fertility

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.

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