Answer from: Luciano Nardo, MD, MRCOG
It is difficult to say what percentage of women with endometriosis are infertile. I think the majority will be sub fertile so they will struggle to get pregnant and very much depends on the relationship between the stage of the disease (so the extension of the endometrial disease within the pelvis) and obviously the fertility potential. So I would say that very few women that have severe endometriosis will manage to conceive naturally and whereas women that have got early stage disease are more likely to conceive naturally. There are no numbers or figures I can quote today simply because it depends on how the endometriosis has been diagnosed – not all women that are suspected to have endometriosis undergo a laparoscopy. So it is again another confounding factor that makes it very very difficult to come up with some reliable figures.
Answer from: Shamma Al-Inizi, FRCOG
Yes, so if they have stage I and II like the minimal and mild endometriosis, 30% of them might require fertility help, 70% will conceive naturally without help and many ladies actually with endometriosis they don’t know they have endometriosis and they carry on trying for a baby and achieving the pregnancy whereas if you have the stage III and IV, the more advanced disease, ladies like half of them, I would say after 35-50% of ladies of that group of patients will require help with their fertility especially, when they are stage IV where everything is adherent and stuck and tubes are blocked, the majority of them will require help. So, I would say at least 35 to 50% in general of ladies with endometriosis would require fertility support.
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