March is Endometriosis Awareness Month.

Dr. Omar from Beacon CARE Fertility answers common questions regarding the condition. 

 

 

Celebrities such as Emma Roberts, Chrissy Teigen and Mandy Moore have opened up about their struggles with endometriosis and its impact on their fertility.

Emma Roberts revealed to Cosmopolitan Magazine that her endometriosis went undiagnosed for years (her symptoms were “debilitating cramps and periods”). Her prognosis prompted her to freeze her eggs, but she eventually became pregnant naturally.

We asked Dr. Omar from Beacon CARE Fertility to answer some of the most common questions regarding the condition.

1. What Is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a common condition where pieces of tissue from the inner lining of the uterus become implanted elsewhere outside of the womb.

2. Does Endometriosis Cause Infertility?

Endometriosis may cause infertility, but a diagnosis doesn’t necessarily mean that you won’t be able to have children.

However, depending on the severity of the condition, you may experience difficulty getting pregnant.

3. How Can Endometriosis Affect My Fertility?

Endometriosis can affect the fallopian tubes, fertilisation of the egg, implantation of the embryo and pregnancy chances.

4. What Are The Symptoms?

Women with endometriosis, may experience (in part) chronic back pain, heavy periods, fatigue, depression and difficulty getting pregnant.

5. Is It Difficult To Diagnose?

Diagnosing endometriosis can sometimes be difficult as the symptoms can vary significantly and are shared by other conditions.

Dr. Omar recommends contacting your GP for advice if you feel you are suffering from many of these symptoms.

 

6. How Is It Treated?

The treatments your GP may recommend include:

  • Painkillers
  • Hormone medicines and contraceptives
  • Surgery – to remove parts of the endometriosis tissue
  • An operation to remove parts of the organs affected – such as the womb

Your gynaecologist will be able to discuss the benefits and risks of each of the treatments available.

7. Do You Have Fertility Advise To Women With Endometriosis?

A woman’s Ovarian Reserve can be affected by endometriosis.
So, in addition to treating the condition, egg or embryo freezing also may be advised, explains Dr. Omar.

ABOUT US:

Beacon CARE Fertility is a world-leading Fertility Clinic based in Sandyford, Dublin. We also have Satellite Clinics in Limerick and Louth.  Our Fertility Consultants are recognised as leading authorities on conceiving with endometriosis. Click HERE to make an appointment. A GP Referral letter is not required.

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(Updated March 12, 2024).