Any diagnosis of a condition affecting the reproductive system will leave people with questions about their fertility, and endometriosis is no different.

The condition, experienced by as many as 10 percent of women, affects the uterus and surrounding tissues and can therefore impact fertility. However, endometriosis does not automatically lead to infertility, and there are treatment options that can help. Working closely with medical professionals to monitor the condition is essential to treating and managing this condition, especially for people who at some point want to conceive.

What is endometriosis?

When someone has endometriosis, the tissue normally found inside the uterus—the endometrium—grows outside the uterus as well, usually on the ovaries, bowels and other organs in the pelvic area.

During the menstrual cycle, this tissue continues to thicken, break down and