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How many women with endometriosis experience infertility?

Happy Endometriosis Awareness Month! My social media is pretty much a wall of yellow this month (great to see!) but something that has been frustrating me—there is always something—is the frequent claim that 50+% of women with endometriosis experience infertility.
So how many women with endometriosis do experience infertility?
The short answer is: a lot less than you’re probably thinking.
If you’re a woman with endometriosis (or a loved one has it), chances are you’ve Googled the crap out of endo. A lot of supposedly reputable websites state that about 30-40% of women with endometriosis experience infertility. I call b.s.!
This statistic is derived from studies who looked at small groups of women attending specialised treatment clinics and endometriosis support groups. These women are much more likely to experience things like infertility; it’s why they are attending those services in the first place. It’s much more useful to look at women in the general population and see what’s going o…

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