Symptoms of Endometriosis during Pregnancy

By  ,  Onlymyhealth editorial team
May 23, 2012
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  • The symptoms of endometriosis may range from mild to severe.
  • Symptoms of endometriosis dimishe with the start of pregnancy.
  • The growing uterus stretches the endometriosis cysts and scars.
  • Lack of menstruation during pregnancy diminishes the symptoms.

Endometriosis during pregnancy can cause terrific problems during pregnancy. Even you could be at a risk and must therefore, know its symptoms and seek further advice of your doctor to be safe.


Pregnant woman holding her ultrasound scanEndometriosis is a chronic inflammatory disease in which the cells that form the inner lining of the uterus get deposited in other area such as fallopian tubes, the pelvis, ovaries or the rear of the uterus. This type of displacement can cause severe pain and anatomical distortions in the pregnant woman. According to the National Institutes for Health, over 5.5 million women suffer from endometriosis in the United States. The symptoms of endometriosis may range from mild to severe.


Diminished Symptoms

For many patients of endometriosis, pregnancy is a time of relief from its symptoms, especially when the first few weeks of pregnancy have been crossed because of the heightened levels of progesterone during pregnancy. A health woman produces about 20 mgs of progesterone per day during a regular menstrual cycle, though the maximum progesterone level is 400 mgs per day during pregnancy. Progesterone is produced in different locations in the body including the placenta.

Progesterone helps in the prevention of the shedding of the uterus’s lining, ovulation of the ovaries and slows the growth of endometrial cells down. Lack of menstruation during pregnancy helps in diminishing the symptoms experienced due to endometriosis since the displaced endometrial cells are no longer bleeding in the longer places.  


Heightened Symptoms

Some of the symptoms of endometriosis tend to get more severe during pregnancy and have several reasons why. The rapidly growing uterus stretches the endometriosis cysts and scars and can therefore, be very painful.

As per the, a woman during the third term of pregnancy produces more estrogen than what a non-pregnant woman produces in three years. The heightened levels of estrogen may also make the endometrial cells grow faster and therefore, worsen the symptoms. Just how progesterone is produced by placenta during pregnancy, estrogen is also produced by the placenta.

Sometimes, several symptoms are related to endometriosis and have almost nothing to do with hormonal changes, lack of menstruation or the growing foetus. These symptoms are not affected by pregnancy in significant ways so much to be noticed as being severe or demanding attention. For instance, if a patient had painful scars or cysts prior to becoming pregnant, she will continue to experience pain even after the start of pregnancy. If a patient feels pain while going through a shaking movement such as when travelling in a train or bus, being pregnant is not likely to alleviate the discomfort.

You will probably not be able to treat endometriosis during pregnancy. Outside of pregnancy, it’s often treated with hormones or surgery.

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