Helping women with chronic illnesses

Infertility and Endo

According to RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association (, “infertility is prevalent in women 30-40 years of age, though it can begin in the late teens and early twenties” and “about 40% of patients with endometriosis will experience some degree of infertility.”

Since infertility is so common in endo patients, I thought it might be helpful to write about it for this post.

One book on the topic of infertility I’ve heard good things about is: Waiting for Daisy by Peggy Orenstein:

Here are some comments on the book by members of an infertility support group:

“So different from every other infertility book I have read. So personal…”
“ More than just a slice of her life and journey, you really develop a connection to her experience.”
“ So all consuming, infertility is life shaping.”
“ Reminded me of how easy it was to lose track of the baby and focus only on the pregnancy.”
“ If you are at the point in your journey where you need to regroup or reconnect, hearing the details of someone else’s journey will help you get off your personal island.”
“ Such a personal account, I could relate to the ups and downs.”

To be honest with you, I have not read this book myself but I decided to include it here because I have heard such positive feedback about it. Those endo patients experiencing infertility may find this book helpful.

If you are experiencing infertility, I would look for an infertility support group in your area. The RESOLVE organization may be able to help you locate a support group near you. Just check their website (above) to see if there is a support group in your area.

There are also counselors/therapists available who have special training in infertility and miscarriages. Therapists can be very helpful if you’re experiencing infertility as an endometriosis symptom. If you are looking for such a therapist, generally contacting the nearest good-sized teaching hospital in your area is a good way to find a Marriage and Family Therapy unit with therapists specially trained in this area.

Infertility can be emotionally draining. Try to find someone else near you who is going through it. Talking with others who understand can really be helpful!

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1 Yaya { 06.03.08 at 10:32 pm }

I just read this book a few weeks ago. I really liked it. It was relatable in how woman suffering w/ infertility can get consumed and put the desire for a baby before everything. It was also helpful to read of someone’s account of miscarriage and how they felt, without having there be an immediate happy ending. When I had my miscarriage I searched for other women’s stories that I could relate to, but I was often irritated by the end of their story when they would have something/someone/anything ‘swoop’ in and seem to make everything okay. That was not my viewpoint on it, and I needed someone to relate to. While (in my opinion) this story didn’t have the exact ending I would have hoped, it was still an awesome book and worth the read!

2 Jeanne { 06.03.08 at 11:14 pm }


I’m so glad you liked the book! Thank you for the additional comments/review of this book! 🙂

3 Anonymous { 06.05.08 at 4:53 am }

Hi Jeanne,
Thank you for mentioning this book! I’ve been searching for something to read on this topic for awhile now and appreciate the tip.

4 Jeanne { 06.05.08 at 5:06 am }


I’m glad you found the book suggestion helpful! Several women have given it a favorable review. I hope you like it! 🙂


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