15 June 2015

Endometriosis associated with a greater risk of complications in pregnancy

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Women with endometriosis are at an increased risk of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy, according to results of a huge nationwide study of more than 14,000 subjects.

Moreover, women with a history of endometriosis whose pregnancies progressed beyond 24 weeks were found to be at a higher than average risk of complications, including haemorrhage (ante- and postpartum) and preterm birth.

Dr David Molloy, Medical Director Queensland Fertility Group said “This presentation from ESHRE reinforces existing data for women with endometriosis and the importance of specialist medical care. Among our team we have some of Australia’s leading endometriosis surgeons available to provide integrated care pre conception and during pregnancy.”

Associate Professor Anusch Yazdani, Director of Clinical Research and Development, Queensland Fertility Group added “This new evidence from a large database of over 14000 women further implicates endometriosis as a risk factor for a variety of poor outcomes, not only pain and infertility, but also potentially later reproductive loss. This finding builds up a picture of endometriosis as a global disorder, rather than a condition that is confined to the pelvis. This highlights the fact that women should be looked after in centres that have experience in the management of women with endometriosis from adolescence to completion of their reproductive years and beyond.”

The study’s findings were presented at the European Society of Human Reproduction & Embryology Annual Scientific Meeting (ESHRE) in Lisbon this week.

If you have concerns about pregnancy complications associated with endometriosis we encourage you to discuss these with your fertility specialist directly.

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