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How can endometriosis keep me from getting pregnant?

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  • When endometrial tissue wraps around your ovaries, it can block your eggs from releasing.
  • The tissue can block sperm from making its way up your fallopian tubes.
  • It can also stop a fertilized egg from sliding down your tubes to your uterus.
  • It can change your body’s hormonal chemistry.
  • It can cause your body’s immune system to attack the embryo.
  • It can affect the layer of tissue lining your uterus where the egg implants itself.

SOURCES:

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Endometriosis.”

Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Endometriosis.”

Endometriosis.org: “Fertility Treatments.”

Endometriosis Institute: “Treatment of Infertility.”

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on October 21, 2018

SOURCES:

American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists: “Endometriosis.”

Office on Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: “Endometriosis.”

Endometriosis.org: “Fertility Treatments.”

Endometriosis Institute: “Treatment of Infertility.”

Reviewed by Kecia Gaither on October 21, 2018

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