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Getting Pregnant with Endometrosis

The word endometriosis means a growth of endometrial tissues in the body parts apart from uterus. Endometrium is the tissue lining which is formed internal to the uterus wall during the ovulation and luteal phase of a normal menstrual cycle and is shed off during the menstrual bleeding. However, in endometriosis, tissue from the lining of the uterus moves through the fallopian tubes and gets on your ovaries, in your pelvis, on your bladder or in other areas like the abdomen, ligaments that support the uterus, the area between the vagina and rectum, the outer surface of the uterus and the lining of the pelvic cavity. Less commonly they may also be found in the lung, arm, thigh, and other locations.

While some women are fortunate enough to go symptom-free for years, others contend with intense pain that sometimes hampers quality life. Usually occurring in women of childbearing age between 25 and 40, endometriosis can be a most trying physical condition. The common symptoms of endometriosis may include mood swings, hot flashes, headaches, weight gain, decreased libido, or nausea.

Other symptoms of Endometriosis may include:
* Pain before and during periods
* Pain during sex
* Infertility
* Fatigue
* Painful urination during periods
* Painful bowel movements during periods
* Other Gastrointestinal upsets such as diarrhea, constipation, nausea.
* Allergies
* Chemical sensitivities
* Frequent yeast infections

Normally, every month when you have your period, the uterine endometrial lining comes out in your menstrual flow. If you suffer from endometriosis then all the misplaced tissue in your viscera responds to the menstrual cycle in the same way that the tissue of the uterine lining does: each month the tissue builds up, breaks down, and sheds. Menstrual blood flows from the uterus and out of the body through the vagina, but the blood and tissue shed from endometrial growths has no way of leaving the body. This results in internal bleeding, breakdown of the blood and tissue from the lesions, and inflammation and can cause pain, infertility, scar tissue formation, adhesions, and bowel problems.

Because women with endometriosis may experience painful sex, putting it off reduces the likelihood of pregnancy. Severe endometriosis greatly distorts the pelvic anatomy thereby making it difficult for a woman to conceive. For those who do get pregnant despite the condition face certain health challenges. Most women go through excruciating pain and live to tell about the harrowing condition while others who still nurture plans of getting pregnant with endometriosis end up waiting much longer than expected. Even the techniques like ovarian stimulation and intrauterine insemination becomes practically useless in severe cases of endometriosis. There is a greatly reduced chance of getting pregnant with endometriosis even in the mild stage. However, invasive treatment like surgery might alter the situation. A good plan, for those who wish to have baby is to undertake strategies geared towards conceiving as quickly as possible.

Diagnosis of endometriosis is done by laparoscopy that shows the location, size, and extent of the endometrial growths.

A probable reason for development of endometrial tissues in the viscera may be due to excess of estrogen level in the body. Hence hormonal treatment to suppress the production and secretion of this hormone is the first thing to be applied. Use of ovulation induction may also help in mild cases. With moderate to severe endometriosis, surgical excision of all the extra tissue with reconstruction and restoration of anatomy has been shown to achieve pregnancy rates that are higher than for untreated women. Drugs may be prescribed to a woman post surgery to suppress any suspected residual disease and prevent future episodes and to relieve pain.

Eat protein at every meal, including breakfast.
Eliminate wheat- and flour-based products for the time being.
Reduce starch to one portion a day, and don't eat that portion during your evening meal.
Apples, pears, plums and berries all are good choices. Bananas are not.
Reduce or eliminate dairy for the time being, especially cow's milk.
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