You may never have heard of a condition called endometriosis, but chances are you know someone with it. The month of March is dedicated to the painful problem that causes the tissue that normally lines the uterus (called the endometrium) to grow outside of it, causing pain and (potentially) infertility.
Estimates say up to 10-percent of women suffer from endometriosis, and it affects the majority of women in their 30’s or 40’s. It’s not clear who made the first diagnosis, and ever since then there have been many myths surrounding this condition. Here are seven misconceptions about endometriosis that should be dispelled…
1. Endometriosis Doesn’t Always Causes Infertility
While it’s true that abnormal tissue growth can affect the reproductive organs, such as the ovaries, it’s doesn’t mean that that you won’t be able to conceive if you have endometriosis.
In some cases, the disorder can block the fallopian tubes, which transport eggs from the ovaries to the uterus. However, according to BabyCentre, endometriosis is only “one of the factors behind tubal problems, which cause infertility for about 17 percent of couples.”