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Get Pregnant with Endometriosis and Fertility Help

Getting pregnant with endometriosis (endo) is possible when you identify the cause of endometriosis and get the right fertility help and support. Although endometriosis may make it harder to get pregnant on your own, your chances of getting conceiving naturally with endometriosis can be improved. Understanding endometriosis, its symptoms and what pathology or lab testing is best, is a great place to start. Pathology testing, in addition, diet and natural treatment options with lifestyle, herbal remedies and nutritional support, are well known to help improve your chances of getting pregnant with endometriosis either naturally or with assisted treatments like IVF.

What is Endometriosis

The first step to getting pregnant with endometriosis is understanding it. The endometrium is tissue that lines the inside of the womb (uterus). Endometriosis is a condition where endometrial tissue is found outside the uterus. It is "trapped" in the pelvic area and lower tummy (abdomen) and, rarely, in other areas in the body.

What Causes Endometriosis?

The cause of endometriosis is varied and there may not be just one cause contributing to the formation of endo outside of the uterus. Fertility problems associated with endometriosis are caused by a web of factors and at BUMP® we find out what's causing it for example:

  • Hormone imbalance associated with endometriosis
  • Digestive problems
  • Genetic composition
  • Biochemical signalling affecting your fertility and endometriosis
  • Glandular weakness affecting fertility e.g.hypothyroidism
  • Immune system imbalance causing endometriosis and decreasing your fertility
  • Lesion formation (assisted by physiotherapy etc.)
  • Changes in neurotransmitter balance associated with addictions and mood disorders
  • Environmental, toxin and lifestyle inhibitors
  • Human, animal and ecosystem influences

Symptoms of Endometriosis

Symptoms of endometriosis include trouble conceiving, miscarriage, severe painful periods, bleeding irregularities, digestive problems, mood changes, anxiety, depression, nerve pain, tiredness etc.

How To Get Pregnant With Endometriosis

Get pregnant with endometriosis by seeking a second opinion. BUMP® provides a 2nd opinion and assists with getting to the cause of your endo. We provide a broad range of health and medical solutions. We also include alternative therapies, such as acupuncture, aromatherapy, diet and lifestyle advice, expert pathology testing, mental health support, body work, and other therapy services. There is a great deal of research to support the human, animal and ecosystem connection with endometriosis, which is why we also provide expert advice on these influences. Ignoring these would mean you may never get to the cause of your endometriosis.

We know that endometriosis appears to affect IVF adversely, from reducing the number of eggs at the time of retrieval to poorer egg quality, and lower implantation and pregnancy rates. However, most endometriosis patients will still be able to conceive with IVF.

Endometriosis often initially presents as "unexplained infertility," a diagnosis BUMP® 2nd Opinion does not believe in. Many studies in the literature point to similar patient characteristics in women with endometriosis and women with unexplained infertility. They also present with similar immune profiles.

In most cases of the so-called "unexplained infertility," we can pinpoint a real cause of infertility by performing appropriate diagnostic tests, even though correct diagnosis of endometriosis can be difficult. Correct diagnosis, of course, is the first step toward successful fertility treatment planning.

Even more importantly, endometriosis affects fertility adversely in many different ways, though its effects on normal tubal function appear to be the most important.

Investigations attempting to explain why patients with endometriosis often suffer from infertility have suggested that:

  • Their fallopian tubes may function abnormally, due to adhesion or scarring resulting from endometriosis invading the tubes (so-called tubal infertility)
  • Ovarian function may be adversely affected when endometriosis lesions invade the ovaries, possibly resulting in diminished ovarian reserve and sub-par egg quality
  • Endometriosis may release toxic substances which may harm embryos and/or their implantation capacity
  • Patients with endometriosis may be at a higher risk for miscarriages, lowering their live birth chances

At BUMP® we offer a broad and extensive range of health, medical, emotional, environmental and lifestyle services that can assist with successful endometriosis management.

What Foods Make Endometriosis Worse

Evidence identifies diet, food and lifestyle to influence the formation of endometriosis. Choosing the right foods to increase fertility can help you to get pregnant and maintain a successful pregnancy with endometriosis. What is also important to consider is that choosing foods that are individualised for you is even more supportive and getting rid of your endometriosis. This is because depending on the cause of your endometriosis, other hidden foods may potentially be making your endometriosis worse. This is often the case with digestive disorders or bacterial infections.

Treatment of Endometriosis

There is no permanent surgical treatment for endometriosis and endometriosis will inevitably return once treatment stops. Women often ask if the best treatment for endometriosis is pregnancy. Pregnancy stops all menstrual periods and with it, the bleeding from endometriotic lesions. It therefore interrupts the process of endometriosis and alleviates symptoms. Getting to the cause of endometriosis formation and changing your diet is a good way to prevent endometriosis formation.

As explained above, physicians usually recommend IVF rather than surgery for women with endometriosis who want to get pregnant. With huge improvements in IVF pregnancy chances in the 30+ years since its inception, we no longer believe that surgery is the best option for endometriosis-induced infertility.

Treatment for endometriosis-related infertility must be individualized for each patient and getting to the cause of the endometriosis formation is crucial. This way, even when the endometriosis is removed with surgery, the chances of it returning are minimalised. In addition, sometimes the cause may be contributing to other factors linked to infertility. Immune system influences are a good example of this.

In addition, a patient whose endometriosis is causing infertility via malfunction of her fallopian tubes requires a completely different treatment approach from a patient whose endometriosis has invaded her ovaries and is affecting her ovarian reserve. For all women with endometriosis, however, infertility treatments should start as soon as possible, because nobody can predict how quickly the disease will progress.

The need for expertise and individualization go even further. For example, fertility treatments often involve increases in estrogen levels. Estrogen can "feed" endometriosis, and make it worse. Finding the right balance between advantages and risks of different infertility treatments, therefore, is always of utmost importance in providing fertility treatments to endometriosis.

If you are frustrated by trying to conceive with endometriosis then it's time to make a change. The BUMP® 2nd Opinion program may well be your answer to falling pregnant faster with endometriosis.


 

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