Endometriosis without pain.. will I struggle to conceive?

posted 3 years ago in TTC
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Busy bee

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kaykays :  I have symptom-free endo. Haven’t TTC yet, but my doctor said it may or may not affect chances. She said don’t wait until I’m like 40, because you don’t want to find out that it may take you longer once you’re older. I have a good friend who has endo as well–very painful as a teenager, she said–and she had zero issues TTC and has multiple children. Unfortunately, there hasn’t enough research been done and there aren’t a whole lot of concrete facts out there. 

If you visit your gyno on certain days of the month, s/he can tell whether your ovary with the cyst is releasing eggs or not. My doctor did that, and my ovary with the cyst is releasing eggs just fine 🙂 Therefore, it shouldn’t affect my fertility at all (hopefully!)

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Busy bee

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kaykays :  Keep in mind that most women’s ovaries alternate each month. So even if your endo is affecting that right ovary, it (most likely) just means that you’ll be able to conceive every other month when your left ovary is releasing. But that’s a big if. I wouldn’t worry about it 🙂

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Bumble bee

I’ve been diagnosed with endometriosis and want to TTC in the next few years and have wondered the same. After speaking to my doctor, other women with endometriosis and doing a lot of research, the honest answer is you won’t know until you try. Endo varies massively between different women, the pain you experience has very little bearing on the severity of the disease. I have quite moderate to severe pain to the point where any penetration at all is extremely painful, I also have bowel and bladder problems and chronic tailbone pain, and have been only been diagnosed with Stage 2 endo. Some women have very severe endo and have no or very little pain.

There is also a lot of research out there which shows that even with mild endo women can be infertile due to inflammation and other processes which are not fully understood. However, a lot of women who have endo have no problems conceiving at all, but a lot are also infertile. You will only know when you try yourself. I’m sorry there are no clear cut answers out there. I took my diagnosis very hard, but I try and remain hopeful. 

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Busy bee

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kaykays :  Girl, me too! Same thing. But I’m wondering of other women in my family did have endo too, but it was never found. Honestly, it was never noticed in me until I switched gynos. My current one does an transvaginal ultrasound as a routine procedure. If not for that, no one had ever noticed (myself included!). My doctor says that the one cyst may rupture and just go away. 

There just aren’t solid facts, percentages or research on fertility issues and endo though! My doctor suggested TTC by ~30ish. That way, if it is a difficult process, there’s plenty of time. 

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