Scottish researchers have found that women who have endometriosis have an increased risk of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy, and a greater risk of complications later in pregnancy.
The team from Aberdeen Royal Infirmary led by Dr Lucky Saraswat carried out a nationwide study using data from hospitals, looking at more than 14,000 women. They believe the increased risk could be due to inflammation caused by endometriosis and changes it causes in the environment in the pelvis and womb.
What does it mean for me if I have endometriosis?
This doesn’t mean that everyone who has endometriosis will automatically have a problem when they get pregnant – just that there is an increased risk which it is good to be aware of. The researchers from Aberdeen have suggested that women with endometriosis should be monitored more carefully during early pregnancy, and advised about the risks of miscarriage and ectopic pregnancy as well as complications.