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How does endometriosis affect your fertility?

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One in two women affected by this disease finds it hard to get pregnant naturally

Endometriosis is a relatively common disease among women of childbearing age, and depending on the degree of involvement, directly influences the chances of getting pregnant. In fact, one in two women who suffers from it will struggle to get pregnant, and in the most complex cases, it will be necessary to resort to fertility treatment.

Endometriosis and infertility
The adverse effects caused by endometriosis on the reproductive tract and female organism make it difficult for women to conceive naturally. These changes range from distortions in the shape of the pelvis, decreased ovarian reserve and egg quality, to specific attributes of the endometrium that hinder the implantation of the embryo. In some women, moreover, it is common to have hormonal alterations.

In vitro fertilisation or artificial insemination
In these cases, when pregnancy cannot be achieved naturally, and once each particular situation has been analysed, we will proceed to perform assisted reproductive treatment, which will either be artificial insemination or in vitro fertilisation. The latter treatment is more common in cases of advanced endometriosis and with a greater degree of involvement.

In this infographic we provide further details on the different levels of endometriosis that exist and their treatment.

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