Frequently Asked Questions

A lot will happen at your first prenatal visit and it’s best to be ready for a lengthy appointment that will include the following:

a)      A blood and urine test to confirm you are pregnant and estimate your due date

b)      A detailed medical history review

c)       A general physical health exam to examine weight, blood pressure, heart, lung, pelvic, and breast, health

d)      A blood test to check for things like anemia, existing STDs, and antibodies to rule out any genetic disorders (if it’s in your medical history)

e)      A pap smear and culture to check for vaginal infection and cervical cancer

f)       A urine test to check for infection, as well as measure sugar and protein levels

g)      A discussion about your nutrition and lifestyle, and to answer any questions you might have about your pregnancy

Most fibroids, even large ones, do not produce symptoms. Unless a woman is experiencing symptoms, she usually doesn't need to undergo a fibroid treatment. However, when fibroids cause symptoms, a woman should seek medical attention.
Most national or local support groups will be able to advise you where to find specialist help. Also read our article on how to find a centre which specialises in treating endometriosis and the questions you need to ask your physician before you decide on the right specialist and the right treatment for you.
You no longer have to swear off exercise during your pregnancy. There are ways to stay active, fit, and safe while you await the arrival of your little bundle of joy. Unless your doctor advises otherwise, gentle, low impact exercise—such as low gravity swimming, aqua aerobics, walking, jogging (if you did it before your pregnancy), yoga, Pilates, tai chi, and dance are all totally safe. Just steer clear of activities with jumping or shaking movements, or contact sports that pose fall, collision, or injury risks.

Endometriosis typically affects women during their menstruating years – also known as their “reproductive years”.  These are typically the years between the onset of menstruation until menopause.

It is estimated that 176 million women across the world has endometriosis – this is one in ten women during the reproductive years (10%).

Fibroids are very common. It is estimated that 20-50 percent of all women have these benign uterine growths. Fibroids are most likely to affect women in their 30s and 40s. For reasons we don't yet understand, fibroids occur more frequently in African-American women. Many women with fibroids have other family members with fibroids too.
Many doctors do routine tests for gestational diabetes for pregnant women who are older than 25-years-old, have a family history or ethnicity that is prone to the condition, are obese, have delivered a baby over 9-pounds in weight, or have had a previous instance of gestational diabetes with another pregnancy. The condition affects approximately 10-precent of all pregnancies and is caused by hormonal shifts that lead to glucose intolerance that can affect both mom and baby—just while pregnant.
Some women chose, as a last resort, to have a hysterectomy. However, this does not guarantee complete pain relief. If you opt for a hysterectomy it is important that all the endometriosis is removed at the same time.
It is estimated that 30-40% of women with endometriosis may have difficulties in becoming pregnant. This, however, means that 60-70% will have no problems. If fertility is a great wish, then please discuss your symptoms with your physician so that together you can develop the best treatment plan for you.
No. Some women find that their pain symptoms are reduced during pregnancy, but this is not the case for everyone. In most cases, endometriosis will return after giving birth and stopping breast feeding.
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