What are good strategies for getting pregnant if I have endometriosis?

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The best stategy for getting pregnant if you have endometriosis is to do it sooner rather than later. The longer you wait to have children the more your chances of conceiving decrease.
If you have endometriosis and want to get pregnant, start early. Women overall are much more likely to get pregnant when they're in their twenties than when they are in their thirties and forties. Since you already know you have a greater risk of fertility problems than a woman without endometriosis, you want to stack the deck in your favor. Focus on your overall health as well. A woman who maintains a healthy weight, eats a healthy diet high in fruits, vegetables and whole grains and gets regular exercise, has a body prepared to nourish an embryo. Your reproductive system picks up on this; it's why very underweight or overweight women, or women who are malnourished, are less likely to get pregnant -- their bodies are not in good shape for pregnancy.

Consider seeing an infertility specialist sooner in your quest to have a child rather than later. If you've been trying for six months and the stick still hasn't turned pink, make an appointment.

Above all, don't panic! Every day brings more information about new treatments and options when it comes to getting women -- even women with endometriosis -- pregnant and helping them deliver healthy babies.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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Endometriosis

Are you one of seven million women in the United States with endometriosis? If so, you may also be struggling with infertility. Endometriosis is a female reproductive disorder characterized by pelvic pain, inflammation and vaginal ...

bleeding. This painful condition can affect any female of menstruating age, although it is more likely to run in families. If you experience abnormal bleeding or pelvic pain, talk to your doctor. While there is no known cause, and no known cure for endometriosis, treatments do exist, including medications and surgery to reduce symptoms and restore fertility.
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