Endometriosis seems to run in the family, according to different research. When I look at my family, this seems to be true. My mom didn’t seem to have it though. She got easily and immediately pregnant as she planned and she never complained of having pain or discomfort during her period. (Unfortunately, my dearest mom passed away 6 years ago, so I’ve never been able to really ask her, since I’ve only been diagnosed earlier this year) I do know that my half-sister (father’s side) and sister both suffer from endometriosis as well. This means it has to come from our parental family line.
My dad’s mother seemed to have no issues whatsoever… as she gave birth to 11 children! (Superfertile!) I am not sure what she ate… but please give me some of that. 😆 I am not sure when exactly endo appeared in our family for the first time, as my aunts are no longer alive. Why and how endometriosis appears is still in today’s medical world one big question mark.
My half-sister had to be patient for a verrrry long time, but finally got pregnant after 10 years of trying (including different IVF attempts) She now has 2 teenage sons. My sister and I are both trying to become pregnant since 1, respectively since 2 years. Patience seems to be the keyword for us…
My main concern of having children is that there is a big risk of transferring our ugly disease to any daughters we might have. Allthough I would actually love to have a daughter, this could be the reason, why I would prefer to get (a) boy(s)… I would never want to be the reason that another person will go through pain. This is why I’m currently reading, searching the web for ways to avoid passing on endometriosis onto next generations. There isn’t a lot of information available though… the only recommendation is to live a healthy life, to exercise and to avoid too much alcohol, sugar and coffee… but without guarantees that it will actually help against endometriosis.
If we, our generation endo-warriors, do get daughters, the good part of the story would be that we at least would be able to help them get a decent diagnosis and treatment sooner. They will not have to wait for 8-10 years until they will be taken seriously. As endometriosis is a progressive disease, which can begin at any time when menstruation starts, it is important to notice it early and take necessary measures early on to avoid that it leads to infertility.
I guess I have nothing left to do instead of hope, that first of all, I will be able go get pregnant one dag and secondly, by the time this happens, medicin has evolved and a cure for endometriosis is finally found! Let’s cross fingers… 🤞