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What is the worst that can happen if Endometriosis goes untreated?

By Anonymous July 27, 2010 - 7:50am
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I have had endometriosis for a year and a half. I cannot afford insurance right now but have tried several differant birth controls and pain medicine, but i have never reacted well to any of that. I am in horrible pain all thetime and recently started vomiting when the pain gets too bad. i am fortunate to have achild but am scared that i will not be able to have another. what is the worst case scenario if this continues to go untreated. I already experience pain,vomiting, irregular bleeding and bloating but wonder if it could turn into something even more serious. Anything you can tell me would be appreciated.

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Hi Sarah,
Thank you for your question and for being a part of the EmpowHer community.
So sorry you're having to deal with endometriosis. I've heard it can be very painful and otherwise hard to deal with. From what I've seen online infertility is the largest concern (if you are in childbearing years). The other concern is the slight possibility endometrial implants may turn cancerous down the road. Studies have not shown any increase of cancer over other tissue. I did an interview with a friend who had endometriosis late last year. I hope it helps: http://www.empowher.com/community/share/jills-endometriosis-share-story
Here also is more information on endometriosis:
I also found this non-profit website:
I've heard that if you tell your doctor you don't have insurance they often will work with you on their prices knowing you're paying out of pocket. There also may be a clinic nearby that you could visit.
Good luck and let us know how you're doing.

July 27, 2010 - 8:49am
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