Endometriosis is a chronic condition that affects many people.

For those who struggle with the disorder, the endometrium — the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus — grows outside of the uterus and becomes displaced in other parts of the body such as the fallopian tubes and pelvic organs.

Resolve, The National Infertility Association estimates that about 10 percent of American women and more than 176 million women worldwide have endometriosis. And while many experience symptoms like pain and excessive bleeding, some don’t have any symptoms at all.

For some of those with endometriosis, conceiving can be quite difficult. “The key to dealing with any form of infertility is diagnosing infertility,” Dr. Brian A. Levine, MD, a fertility expert and founding partner and practice director of CCRM New York, told INSIDER. “This means that if a woman less than 35 have been trying to conceive for more than one year, or a woman over 35 has been trying to conceive for more than six months, they should seek an evaluation by their OB-GYN or a reproductive endocrinologist.”

If you’ve been diagnosed with infertility and endometriosis, the best ways to address infertility and — hopefully — get pregnant will depend on the severity of your endometriosis, Levine said.

 

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