Many women struggle with pain, infertility before endometriosis diagnosis

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by Mia Gradney

KHOU

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Updated Friday, Oct 12 at 9:05 PM

HOUSTON, Texas — When it comes to a certain gynecological disorder, many women struggle with pain and infertility for years before realizing what is plaguing them.

Angela Harrison is delighted every time she gets to hear her baby’s heartbeat now that she is pregnant.

She had difficulty conceiving but had no idea why.

"I had been to different OB/GYNs and surgeons, but no one could tell me what it was," said Harrison.

That’s until she saw Ertug Kovanci, a Reproductive Endocrinology and Fertility specialist at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women. He quickly diagnosed her with endometriosis.  

The doctor explained her cells from her uterine lining were growing outside of the uterus. It often causes women to experience painful periods and intercourse and is a leading cause of infertility in women ages 18 -35. Once a month, Harrison was miserable with pain and discomfort.

There is no cure for endometriosis. It often goes undiagnosed.

"It’s a mysterious disease," said Kovanci. He added it can be treated with surgery to remove it and its lesions.

Harrison had surgery in February. Kovanci green-lighted her for in-vitro fertilization and now she’s 17 weeks pregnant and looking forward to being with her baby.

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