Question: Does pregnancy cure Endometriosis?
A: There is no cure for Endometriosis, but pregnancy can lessen the symptoms and affects of dealing with Endometriosis for some women.
Question: If I have a hysterectomy, will that make my Endometriosis go away?
A: A hysterectomy is not the cure for Endometriosis, but it can make a difference for some women. Discuss with your doctor about all your options before choosing to have a hysterectomy.
Question: How can I prevent Endometriosis?
A: There is no known prevention at this time. Researchers can not come up with a conclusive reason why women get Endometriosis, therefore they do not have a way to prevent it from occurring.
Question: Where are Endometriosis lesions found?
A: The most common areas for Endometriosis to implant are on the ovaries, the outside wall of the uterus, fallopian tubes, pelvic cavity and reproductive organ ligaments. Lesions can also be found on the bladder, bowel, cervix, vagina and abdominal surgery scars.
Question: I have all the symptoms of Endometriosis but my doctor said that I do not have it... could he be wrong or is this all in my head?
A: Yes your doctor could be wrong and NO, it is not in your head! Endometriosis is one of the most misunderstood diseases in women's health. This does not mean your doctor is not a good physician, but with any disease, a specialist is the best at making a conclusive diagnosis. The average amount of time it takes for a woman to get an accurate diagnosis from the onset of symptoms is about 10 years. This is due to the lack of research and information getting to doctors and the fact that Endometriosis can mimic many other diseases and disorders. The best thing is to seek out an Endometriosis specialist and let them confirm the possibility or not, of Endometriosis.
Question: If I have been diagnosed with Endometriosis, does that mean I can not get pregnant? A: Endometriosis can cause infertility in many women, but with proactive treatment, the possibility of pregnancy is increased. Discuss treatment options with your doctor to decide on what is the best course to take to increase your chances of pregnancy.
Reprinted with permission from American Pregnancy Association