If you have been trying to get pregnant for months, ask your doctor if PCOS or endometriosis might be the cause of your infertility.
Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue that lines the inside of your uterus grows outside the uterus but continues to act as it normally would: thickening, breaking down, and inducing bleeding as part of the monthly menstrual cycle (your ovulation calendar).
Three signs of endometriosis are:
Painful periods (dysmenorrhea)
Pain with intercourse
If you experience at least two of these symptoms, you might consider discussing the need to be tested for endometriosis. Endometriosis is an unlikely cause of miscarriages on its own but when occurring with at least one other sign, it may suggest the need to discuss your concerns with your doctor. In addition, other symptoms such as heavy bleeding or bleeding between periods and pain during urination or bowel movements can also point to endometriosis.
Polycystic ovary syndrome, more commonly known as PCOS, is a complex condition that impacts hormonal, metabolic, and reproductive functions. PCOS is characterized by a very specific set of symptoms related to irregular menstrual cycles (your ovulation calendar) and excess of androgens.” Androgens are the sex hormones that are usually higher in men and are responsible for excessive hair growth as well as adult acne in women.
Even with Endometriosis or PCOS, Pregnancy is Not Impossible
Having endometriosis or PCOS doesn’t stop a woman from having a successful pregnancy; these women just may need to work harder and be more aware. Both endometriosis and PCOS can disrupt ovulation, but usually only PCOS will stop a pregnancy after conception.
If you are concerned about infertility, the experts suggest using a home ovulation tracker, or a fertility monitor; these tests assess the level of luteinizing hormone, which spikes at 24 to 48 hours prior to ovulation. This is a simple thing you can do to help inform your gynecologist about your ovulation calendar and may be a good conversation starter at your next visit. Read More