Endometriosis and Pregnancy: New Must-Know Info About Risks

Here's some news all women with endometriosis will want to read.

A very large new study out today suggests that women with the condition are at a higher risk for both miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy. Beyond that, those women who carry past 24 weeks also have an increased risk for hemorrhage (something I suffered, even without endometriosis) as well as for pre-term birth.

The study used discharge data from all state hospitals in Scotland, with a total of nearly 15,000 women followed for a maximum of 30 years dating back to 1981.

The study's authors explained that the impact of endometriosis—a not-uncommon condition in which cells from the uterine lining are found elsewhere in the pelvic region—hasn't been well known among women overall. This is because most studies are only done among women struggling with fertility issues, and opting for intervention to help them conceive. But this study compared the whole population.

And it showed that the risk was 76 percent higher for miscarriage and three times higher for ectopic pregnancy.

So what can women do with this news? Well, the study's authors hope that its findings will help medical professionals counsel women with the condition, both as part of family planning as well as during the course of their pregnancies.

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She's also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of lifestyle blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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