If you have been diagnosed with endometriosis and you’re wondering whether it’s worth trying to conceive naturally, the simple answer is yes.
Pregnancy is possible for people with endometriosis, but be sure to inform your medical team as it’s important to discuss prenatal vitamins such as Folic acid, which helps protect against birth defects such as Spina Bifida. Other prenatal vitamins such as, B12, zinc and vitamin D can also play a crucial role in your pregnancy journey.
Expect to be monitored more frequently throughout the pregnancy, as regular monitoring can help doctors look for any possible signs of complications should they arise, such as the presence of scar tissue or a cyst.
Will pregnancy help my symptoms?
Some people may find pregnancy can help temporarily improve their symptoms, although it is likely the symptoms will return once their periods come back or when she finishes breastfeeding. Others may find their symptoms continue and pregnancy can sometimes exacerbate their pain.
When should I seek help?
Older guidelines advise seeking help after one year of unsuccessfully trying to get pregnant. However, due to the nature of endometriosis and how quickly the condition can sometimes progress, it is advisable to try to fall pregnant naturally for up to six months (rather than the recommended 12 months).
If you do not get pregnant within this time frame, it is important to seek advice from a fertility specialist, in conjunction with your endometriosis specialist and your general practitioner (GP).
If you have a known barrier to pregnancy due to your endometriosis, such as blocked fallopian tubes, you should seek advice from a fertility specialist early instead of trying naturally.