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The Dramatic Impact Of Endometriosis On Pregnancy

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By Dr. Brian McDonough, Medical Editor

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Endometriosis occurs when the tissue that lines the uterus grows in areas outside the uterus. In addition to the severe pain that can be associated with it, one of your biggest concerns may have to do with your fertility.

But why is pregnancy impacted so dramatically?

Researchers say that there are several key factors: endometriosis can cause changes in your immune system that make it harder to get pregnant. Endometrial tissue can grow on areas around the fallopian tubes -- tubes the egg travels through to get from the ovary to the uterus. This can make it hard for the sperm or egg to move through. In severe cases, the tissue can scar or block the fallopian tubes. And finally, endometriosis can affect the quality of your eggs. It can also change the environment around your eggs.

There are ways not only to deal with the pain but to help with pregnancy. You should speak with your ob/gyn about it

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