(Closed) Endometriosis and TTC

posted 7 years ago in TTC
Post # 3
6892 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

@amoret11:  Lots of bees have. 🙂 I have endo, but we aren’t TTC yet. But I’d recommend checking out the Infertility Thread (they are numbered) and it is helpful to read other stories. And my mom had endo too, and had 3 biological children within 7 years. 🙂

Post # 4
1550 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I have endo and have suffered from it since the beginning of high school.

Doctors told me it would be tough to conceive, but I got pregnant naturally only two months after going off the pill. Miracle baby!

It definitely is possible… good luck!

Post # 5
1116 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

It’s totally different for everyone.  Some women with endo get pg easily, others simply can’t.  Sometimes it’s related to the severity, but not always.

I have a family history of endo – every female in my generation has it, severely.  Luckily, I don’t have any symptoms of it, but did have difficulty getting pregnant.  While working with a fertility specialist, they did discover that I have an endometrioma (a cyst of endometrosis) that takes up a big chunk of my left ovary.  I may or may not have it elsewhere.

Post # 7
6341 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

How much endo affects fertility depends on the severity of it; the stats are as follows:

If 100 women without endo TTC for 1 year, 85 will fall pregnant

If 100 women with minimal-mild (stage 1-2) endo TTC for 1 year, 75 will fall pregnant

If 100 women with moderate (stage 3) endo TTC for 1 year, 50 will fall pregnant

If 100 women with severe (stage 4 and above) endo TTC for 1 year, 26 will fall pregnant.

In all, about 60-70% of women with endo have no problems conceiving; of the remaining 30-40% only a small number are infertile; most are subfertile (where it can take longer but you can still conceive with minimal intervention).

There are also other issues to consider, eg which areas it affects. For example, I have stage 2 (mild endo), but it affects my ovaries and uterosacral ligaments badly, and during my last lap, both ovaries and uterosacral ligaments were stuck down with adhesions, and I had a lot of ovarian cysts; so, this would obviously cause problems with releasing an egg, which would affect fertility. Whereas other women with mild endo have very little on their ovaries, and no adhesions, and so fertility is much less likely to be affected.

Your best bet is to go on hormone treatments like the pill until you are ready to TTC; the mini-pill and Mirena are both good choices for women with endo as they a) stop menstruation which is great for treating endo and b) leave your system very quickly, so there is no delay in fertility returning as there is with other methods like the combined pill or injection.

I would also speak to a specialist, as usually, if you have something like endo, they like to see you if you haven’t fallen pregnant after 6 months to discuss your options (in ‘healthy’ women they usually wait 12-18 months), as certain treatments inc surgery can boost fertility if you’re struggling to conceive.

Hope This Helps

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