Can Endometriosis Make It Difficult to Have Children?
My 16-year-old daughter was just diagnosed with endometriosis. Does this mean
she will have difficulty having children later in life? – Barbara
When a woman has endometriosis, tissue that looks and acts like the lining of the
uterus starts growing outside the uterus. The most common symptom of endometriosis
is pelvic pain.
Endometriosis can make it more difficult for some women to have children,
although most are able to. Fortunately, doctors are recognizing endometriosis earlier
— sometimes even in teen girls. Discovering and treating endometriosis early
can decrease the chances of future problems with having children.
Talk to your daughter's doctor about her treatment options. The key is to work
with a doctor who understands endometriosis and is sensitive to your family's needs
and concerns in treating it.