Pregnant women who have previously been diagnosed with endometriosis are at a larger risk for complications during pregnancy. Endometriosis is a gynecological condition in which endometrial tissue, which is the tissue found in the uterine lining, is found in regions outside of the uterus. These lesions are commonly found in the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and the surface of the uterus, and less common in areas such as the vagina or the cervix. Endometrial implants are the clusters of the tissue which are found in these different areas and based on their location, depth, and extension into the surrounding structures, endometriosis is staged into four different types.

What do reports suggest?

A study published in the journal Fertility And Sterility, reveals that women with endometriosis are at a greater risk of developing complications during pregnancy and delivery. Endometriosis affects about 11 percent of all women in the United States and is usually diagnosed during adolescence. These young women often present with symptoms ranging from severe abdominal pain, painful coitus, and pain during bowel movements or when urinating. It has been found that Pregnant Women with endometriosis are at a higher risk of having miscarriages, pre-term births, and unwarranted cesarean sections. It has also been reported that babies born to mothers seem to be smaller than their actual corresponding gestational age.

More regarding the research

Researchers have emphasized the importance of keeping a Close Watch on pregnant women who have endometriosis and have encouraged these women to have frequent check-ups with their Gynecologists. There are some treatment options for those who have endometriosis. The first line of treatment is to give different medications to reduce the pain and discomfort.

Long-term surgical options can be suggested to those presenting with anatomic irregularities in the pelvic organs.

As reported by, one of the authors of the study, Doctor Vincenzo Berghella, a Professor at Jefferson University in Pennsylvania, has talked about how endometriosis alters a woman's physiology, "endometriosis affects the action of the hormone progesterone during implantation," he was reported to have said.

He further went on to explain that it could also be the cause of undue inflammation in the endometrium. He did clarify that endometriosis was not linked with gestational hypertension or pre-eclampsia which is sometimes seen in pregnant women with underlying health complications.The findings of this analysis open the doors to other opportunities. The results of this study were compiled after analyzing over 24 studies which included over 1 million women. The report is available for reading in the medical journal Fertility and Sterility.