If you are one of over six million U.S. females suffering from endometriosis, you probably have many questions related to your condition. Endometriosis is when your tissue that makes up your uterine lining is present on other organs inside your body.
Is Endometriosis Contagious?
Endometriosis is not contagious. It is exists locally and cannot be transmitted in any way from person to person. It is a strictly female issue and cannot function in the male body.
How Do You Get Endometriosis?
Endometriosis carries a strong genetic factor. You are seven times more at risk for it if you have a female relative that suffered from it.
How Do You Know If You Have Endometriosis?
The only way to be certain that you have endometriosis is by getting a pelvic exam, ultrasound imaging or laparoscopic procedure. However, there are some common signs and symptoms that may indicate that you have it.
- Intense pelvic discomfort (lower abdominal pain)
- Painful periods
- Excessive bleeding
- Difficulty getting pregnant
Why Is Endometriosis Often Associated With Infertility?
20 to 40% of women suffering from infertility will have endometriosis. This condition impairs fertility by causing a distortion of your fallopian tubes and this inhibits their path of picking up the egg after ovulation. This condition can also cause inflammation that can disrupt the functions of your ovary, egg, fallopian tubes or uterus.
If you think you have endometriosis, contact Marietta OB-GYN Affiliates, P.A. today to schedule a gynecological appointment.