Living with Endometriosis and Infertility: The lessons I’ve learned
Updated: Nov 18, 2021
Endometriosis is a painful, chronic systemic inflammatory condition that affects 1 in 10 women of reproductive age. Endometriosis can have a significant impact on the physical, mental and social well being of women who suffer with the condition. Additionally 3-4 out of 10 women (30-40%) who have endometriosis will experience difficulty in becoming pregnant.
Read on to find out how you can protect your fertility if you suspect you have endometriosis or if you know someone who has symptoms that could be related to endometriosis.
Endometriosis, Fertility and Infertility
Blog at a a glance
If you have any of the common symptoms shown in the infographics below, see your GP for referral to a gynaecologist.
Getting an early diagnosis of endometriosis may help you be in a position to protect your fertility in the future.
For every 10 women with endometriosis, 6 - 7 (6-7%) do not experience difficulty becoming pregnant.
Infertility affects around 3-4 out of every 10 women with endometriosis.
Some women with endometriosis will have scar tissue that affects the ability of the reproductive system to work properly. However, many women with endometriosis will not have this scar tissue and it is not clear why women with endometriosis have difficulty becoming pregnant.
Laparoscopic surgical treatment for endometriosis that removes endometrial tissue and scarring may improve infertility related to endometriosis.
There is no evidence that endometriosis causes women to have repeated miscarriages.
There is no evidence that treating endometriosis results in women having fewer miscarriages.
Research does not support that hormonal drugs e.g. Lupron, improve endometriosis related infertility although they can improve symptoms. The risks and benefits of taking the drugs must be considered.
Research doesn’t support that dietary changes improve endometriosis related infertility.
The six tips for protecting your fertility:
1. Get a confirmed diagnosis from an endometriosis specialist as early as
2. Do not hesitate to see your GP to get the ball rolling. Encourage your friends,
family or daughters who have symptoms to seek medical advice.