Endometriosis is a progressive disease that impacts fertility and yet diagnosis takes 8 years on average says Endometriosis UK
Up to half of women with endometriosis – where tissue can grow over the ovaries and fallopian tubes – are affected by fertility issues. Worryingly, few women know that surgery to alleviate the symptoms may also cause damage to their reproductive organs.
Laura will be celebrating her first Mothers’ Day and is sharing her emotional journey to raise awareness of some of the misconceptions that still exist around fertility
Half an hour before a major operation Charlotte faced the possibility of having one of her ovaries removed – and thought she might lose her chance of having a baby
After suffering crippling pain with endometriosis and two failed treatments at Cambridge IVF, Amy had a successful pregnancy with a personalised treatment plan at Bourn Hall.
After suffering an early miscarriage as a newlywed, Paula had been unable to get pregnant again naturally. Tests revealed that she had severe endometriosis as well as polycystic ovary syndrome.
Kate remembers clearly the years of heartbreak and disappointment at being unable to get pregnant – as many of her friends completed their families.
Many causes of infertility have no symptoms; Victoria’s infertility was caused by a condition called endometriosis, which was only uncovered when she had to have emergency surgery
Years of infertility made Natasha feel desperate, but her life changed unexpectedly
This year four-year-old Alex will be able to write his first Mother’s Day card, making it extra special for his mum Victoria, who struggled to conceive due to endometriosis
Susie faced having only one fallopian tube and endometriosis, as well difficult family circumstances. Yet she beat the odds and gave birth to baby Callie.
A laparoscopy revealed that Jenny had endometriosis, a condition affecting around 2 million women in the UK and the reason for her infertility.