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Does Endometriosis Compromise Fertility? By Dolores Hoffman patients may need a combination of all three treatment strategies to alleviate symptoms.

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ndometriosis is a disease that leads to severe pain and fertility problems and is one of the most common medical conditions affecting women. It is common among women in their 30s and 40s and may make it harder to get pregnant. The cause is not entirely clear. One theory suggests that endometriosis may be genetic, especially if you have a strong family history to the disease. Another may be an excess of estrogen in the body. The good news is advancements are being made to relieve the symptoms. Dr. Angel Kelly of Cumberland Obstetrics & Gynecology in Vineland NJ shares valuable information as she answers the most common questions about endometriosis. What is it? Endometriosis is a medical condition that is often painful for many women and occurs when tissue that normally lines the uterus (endometrium) grows outside of the uterus. Endometriosis affects approximately 1 in 10 women

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Does it influence future fertility? Approximately one-third to one-half of women with endometriosis can have difficulty getting pregnant. Even so, many women diagnosed with endometriosis can still conceive and carry a pregnancy to term. Any woman with concerns should follow up with their health care provider as an early diagnosis may result in better symptom management and prevent disease progression. Dr. Angel Kelly’s advice gives a general overview of this condition. There are many solutions to ease the symptoms of "Endometriosis is a Endometriosis but there is no cure yet. Talk to your doctor if you experience disease that leads to any of the above symptoms. Your severe pain and fertility doctor will do a physical exam. problems and is one Further studies will be needed for a proper diagnosis. Many doctors of the most common perform a laparoscopy and MRI to medical conditions determine the location and size of the growth. It can be a long journey but foraffecting women" tunately with today’s treatments, women can experience the joy of childbirth and improved health for many years. and is most commonly found in women in their 30’s and 40’s though women of any age can be diagnosed. The most common symptom of Healing Path Counseling Endometriosis is pelvic pain or pain associated with menstrual periods. Other common sympFertility Support Group toms of Endometriosis are: Professionally led • Painful periods (this may include lower abdominal cramping or lower back pain) 7:00pm-8:30pm • Pain with sexual intercourse RSVP required • Pain with bowel movements or urination 609-230-6280 • Heavy periods or bleeding between periods • Infertility Meets on the first Wednesday • Other symptoms such as fatigue, diarrhea, of each month constipation, bloating or nausea, especially Karen Ognibene, MA, LPC during menstrual periods How is it treated? The treatment for endometriosis can be varied and often will depend on the severity of the patient’s symptoms and the extent of the disease. Treatment strategies may consist of pain medications, hormonal agents, or surgery. Some

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