02/09/2014 13:33 BST | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Endometriosis: Symptoms, Causes And Treatments

Endometriosis: Causes, symptoms and treatments

Painful and heavy periods? And you're just not managing to make that longed-for baby? In about 5 of women with mild to moderate endometriosis will still be able to conceive, even without treatment, so it's not all bad news.

The condition certainly does make things harder, however, and the longer you live with endometriosis, the more problems you are likely to have conceiving.

If you have surgery to remove your endometriosis, then the year following the procedure is when you'll have the best chance of falling pregnant. Much longer than that and the endometriosis might have a chance to return and cause more problems. While surgery does improve your chances of getting pregnant, it offers no guarantee.

If you have undergone surgery and still do not conceive, you may consider IVF treatment, which your GP will speak to you about. Some women who want to get pregnant opt to not have surgery, but just try IVF. Others, whose endometriosis is mild, but who have not conceived after two years of trying, should also be offered the treatment.

More resources

Endometriosis can be difficult to live with. Endometriosis UK offers support and advice to women coping with the condition. Their helpline number is 0808 808 2227.

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