Endometriosis, Infertility and the Church

This post is a part of the Catholic Wife, Catholic Life’s NFP-week series. It was originally published March 5, 2015 here.

medium_4729125052 (1)Endometriosis is a painful, chronic disease that affects more than 6 million women in the U.S., and more than 176 million women worldwide…

And I may be one of those women.

It’s hard to tell, because endometriosis can only be officially diagnosed by having a laparoscopy — a minor surgical procedure done under anesthesia, and I haven’t had that procedure — yet.

There are a few different ideas of what causes endometriosis, but there isn’t one theory that everyone agrees on, so many people say the cause is unknown.

You can read more about the symptoms of endometriosis here. They include painful periods — several days before and several days into your cycle, tail end brown bleeding (brown bleeding at the end of your period), pain going to the bathroom, excessive bleeding, infertility, fatigue, other gastrointestinal problems, nausea, and fatigue.

The reason I want to talk about endometriosis right now is because March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, and I want women — and their husbands — to know that there are more options for them; to heal, to try to conceive, and to live with this difficult diagnosis.

Too many women — whether they suffer from endometriosis or unexplained infertility or another gynecological problem — don’t know that there are options aside from IVF and IUI’s to try to conceive, and that there are options aside from dangerous drug treatments to try to heal and recover from debilitating pain. Many also don’t know the Church’s teachings in regards to couples struggling with infertility…

To begin with, there is a misconception that all women who have endometriosis will also struggle with infertility. There aren’t any reliable statistics that indicate what percentage of women with endometriosis have no problems having children, but it’s believed that a little more than half of the women who have endometriosis will be able to get pregnant. Unfortunately, that number is still staggeringly low, especially as the number of women who discover they have endometriosis continues to grow.

I think the reason why this misconception is so strong is that many women don’t discover they have the disease until they try to have children, and don’t succeed. To put it another way, many women who suffer with infertility discover they have endometriosis, but only some women who have endometriosis suffer with infertility.

Endometriosis is a sort of invisible disease. You probably know someone in your circle who has it (I know a couple of women who have it in my close circle of friends & family), but it’s not something you’ll usually be able to tell just by looking at someone.

But as I’ve learned more about the disease, and its symptoms, I’ve also learned that many young women go undiagnosed for years while they suffer from it — myself included.

I know many doctors who have said that my extremely painful periods were “normal,” and that they would go away with time — neither of which are true.

Severely painful periods are not normal. They are a sign that something is out of whack.

And in many instances, they will not go away with time.

I was prescribed, like a lot of other women I know, typical over-the-counter pain meds (NSAIDS, in particular) to alleviate some of the pain that I was experiencing.

Those actually worked for a while… until they completely destroyed my intestines and made me sicker than ever.

Research doesn’t only suggest, but continues to prove that long-term NSAID usage is extremely damaging. Yet this is the class of drugs that is most often prescribed to treat menstrual cramps. Unfortunately, in many cases, little else is done to help women who are experiencing severe pain during their cycles — aside from prescribing the contraceptive pill, which is also way more damaging than helpful in treating cramps.

“The biggest risk with NSAIDS is severe and sometimes fatal gastrointestinal bleeding. NSAIDS can trigger an increase in stomach acid and, at the same time, reduce the stomach’s normal protective mucus layer.”

“Increased mucosal permeability and mucosal inflammation are often silent but occur with most tNSAIDs. Other findings include anemia, occult blood loss, malabsorption and protein loss. Video capsule endoscopy studies have shown that more than 50% of patients on NSAIDs or low-dose aspirin may have mucosal lesions or mucosal breaks in the small bowel.”

“Aspirin and NSAID usage has been associated with gastrointestinal toxicity including bleeding ulcer. Certain NSAIDs have been linked to an increased risk of cardiovascular events, in particular heart attack.”

The risks of this class of drugs, especially used chronically over a long period of time — as they are prescribed for many women with cramps and endometriosis, is not worth it, and they can — and do — cause more damage in the long run.

More than that, though, pain relievers like NSAIDS are just a Band-Aid to the bigger problem — not a solution. And we need to bring more awareness to this particular notion: when there’s a problem, we have to find the underlying cause instead of just treating its symptoms.

This is the backbone of NaProTECHNOLOGY.

NaProTECHNOLOGY is a relatively new women’s health science. It’s a system that works with a woman’s natural reproductive system — not against it, like many other destructive drug treatments that suppress a woman’s reproductive system, to heal and treat gynecological abnormalities.

Dr. Christine L. Cimo Hemphill, an OB/GYN at Bon Secours Commonwealth Fertility & Women’s Health near Richmond, Virginia says NaProTECHNOLOGY can be used to diagnose and treat many gynecologic, hormonal and even emotional problems — however, she says, it seems to be best known for its treatment of infertility.

“The approach that a Medical Consultant (…trained in NaPro) takes is that infertility is not the diagnosis but a symptom of other underlying disease processes,” she says. “By identifying the underlying cause or causes (as it is often multi-factorial), NaPro is able to treat the source of the problem instead of using a Band-Aid solution.”

NaProTECHNOLOGY uses the Creighton Model FertilityCare System (a Fertility Awareness Method of family planning) to monitor and track the various hormonal events during the menstrual cycle. This system uses biomarkers (mainly cervical mucus) to identify days of fertility and days of infertility throughout the cycle.

If there is an abnormality, NaProTECHNOLOGY identifies the problem and cooperates with the woman’s cycle to correct the condition — all the while maintaining the human ecology and sustaining the procreative potential. It does not destroy, suppress or alter a woman’s body to do anything that it is not meant to do.

In other words, NaPro’s approach is to bring the woman’s body, hormones, etc. back into balance. It does not seek to trick the body into doing anything it shouldn’t be doing — like how the contraceptive pill tricks a woman’s body into thinking she is pregnant.

This way, women are empowered and able to understand their cycles, and understand what causes the debilitating symptoms they may suffer from — whether it’s cramps, irregular cycles, problems ovulating, or multiple miscarriages.

NaProTECHNOLOGY can be used by couples trying to conceive as well as by couples who are trying to avoid getting pregnant.

It’s actually as effective — if not more effective — than most contraceptives. Additionally, it’s also a system that is completely in alignment with the Church’s teachings — unlike IVF and IUI treatments.

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The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith clearly states that, “Human embryos obtained in vitro are human beings and subjects with rights: their dignity and right to life must be respected from the first moment of their existence. It is immoral to produce human embryos destined to be exploited as disposable “biological material.

Procedures like IVF always have been and always will be immoral.

Pope Piux XII taught in 1949 that, “Artificial insemination outside of marriage [i.e., with single persons] must be condemned as immoral purely and simply. Artificial insemination within marriage, but by means of . . . a third person, is equally immoral.” (Votreprésence)

IVF and IUI’s separates the unitive and procreative aspects of intercourse, as the children being created through its process are created in a lab and then frozen. This process violates the dignity of those babies. Thawing and discarding them kills them.

Jim Graves from Catholic World Report writes that there are other issues involved with procedures like IVF:

“IVF makes the child a commodity produced in a laboratory, and makes doctors, technicians, and even business people part of the conception process. The sperm used is usually obtained by masturbation, which the Church teaches is immoral. The sperm or eggs used may not come from the couple desiring the child; because one of the spouses may be infertile, it may be necessary to use the sperm or eggs from an outsider. Most of the embryos conceived—which the Church holds should be respected as new human lives—die, are frozen indefinitely for later implantation, are used for research, or are discarded. (And) Children conceived through IVF also have a greater incidence of birth defects.”

I can understand how couples turn to IVF to have children; it’s natural to desire starting a family and growing a family. And infertility is an extremely heavy cross — one that can be cripplingly hard to carry for individuals and married couples alike — especially as we know that children are the supreme fruit of marriage.

But the Church does not want women and families to suffer — no, that’s not why she condemns IVF. No, the Church does not look away from couples suffering from infertility.

Rather, “The Church pays great attention to the suffering of couples with infertility,” Pope Benedict XVI has said. “She cares for them and, precisely because of this, encourages medical research.”

This is where NaProTECHNOLOGY comes in.

The US Conference of Catholic Bishops offers a rule of thumb to help determine whether a fertility treatment is morally right and accepted by the Church.

“The rule of thumb is: Any procedure which assists marital intercourse in reaching its procreative potential is moral. Procedures which add a “third party” into the act of conception, or which substitute a laboratory procedure for intercourse, are not acceptable.”

NaProTECHNOLOGY respects God’s design for married love; it honors marital integrity and upholds the dignity of human life.

“In an age of advances in reproductive medicine… some solutions offer real hope for restoring a couple’s natural, healthy ability to have children… (while) others pose serious moral problems by failing to respect the dignity of the couple’s marital relationship, of their sexuality, or of the child.” (Life Giving Love in an Age of Technology).

NaProTECHNOLOGY is different than IVF and IUI treatments because its approach is to heal the body so that conception can occur from a natural act of intercourse between a husband and wife. It is also used to help treat PCOS, Endometriosis, and other gynecological problems — safely, and in an effort to find permanent corrections.

NaProTECHNOLOGY can be much cheaper than IVF, it has higher success rates than IVF, and it’s better for a woman’s health — even, for a couple’s health.

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If you or someone you know is struggling with infertility, or suffers with debilitating symptoms because of PCOS or endometriosis, I urge you to look into NaProTECHNOLOGY .

Our bodies were wonderfully created by God, and the physicians who are trained in NaProTECHNOLOGY work to understand our bodies in this way, and to restore its health — to help our bodies function the way God intended.

If you have any questions about NaProTECHNOLOGY or the Creighton Model, I’d be happy to answer your questions — leave a comment below or shoot me an email! You can find my contact info here.

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  • Elisabeth Nisley

    Thank you for sharing your story. As someone who has had surgery twice to remove endometriosis, I appreciate this article. Naprotechnology is one solution and aid for this disease. Diet is another. Research has shown that sugar (including unnatural carbs) , caffeine and a list of other foods contributes to the growth of endo. I will be praying for you on this difficult journey but know that when God asks us to wait, it is typically for a bigger purpose.

  • Charlane Landry

    Don’t wait!!! This napro tech procedure is miraculous… My daughter had two endomitrial laparoscopies and wasn’t helped!!! Dr cutehey here in Louisiana did the napro procedure and she got pre almost immediately!!! Wish from the very beginning this would have been available… A lot of horrible pain and anxiety would have been avoided!!

  • Mary

    Very interesting article. Just goes to show we have to keep up with what’s going on. Makes me think I had endometriosis and didn’t know it. NSAIDs were always recommended for painful periods. I used to take about 800 mg at a time. (I am no longer ovulating so the few periods I have are light).

  • Annie

    Thanks for sharing this; there isn’t enough being said about Napro. I had endometriosis and a blocked tube as well as some hormonal imbalances. My husband had low sperm count. We used Napro. I had surgery in March, and our doctor had us on special diets, supplements and I was on a couple of prescriptions (low-dose naltrexone, progesterone and femara). I got pregnant in August and am now 18 weeks pregnant after two years of infertility.

  • Ann

    Hi Annie. This was such a good article; I wish it was around during my younger days. Our beloved Church has somewhat missed the opportunity to get this type of info out to its couples (our Pre Cana was most disappointing with its secular flavor) and just to women in general regarding painful menses. This was my Cross to bear, and I offer it up with difficult joy. My struggle now is looking at every baby and still feeling the tears welling up in my eyes and heart; it reminds me of the empty womb. After we accepted permanent infertility, my husband had had enough, and did not want to adopt and that made the Cross more painful. While I am now at peace with everything, perhaps you have some article or website that helps deal with the aftermath of being childless. Thank you and God bless.

  • Kalee

    Or you could go to the cheaper and healthy route and take vitex (chasteberry tree). I’ve had horribly painful menses since my first period, but everything changed after I started taking vitex, it’s really quite amazing. Other women with PCOS and other infertility issues took this consistently and became pregnant, even women not trying to get pregnant, did. The Lord gave us natural cures, we should be using them. If you get pregnant on it, you can’t stop taking it immediately or it would cause a miscarriage, but you slowly ween off of it over time. Vitex isn’t a hormone either so it isn’t adding anything. It works by getting your hormone glands to work as they should be working so it’s a one size fits all kind of deal.

  • Shannon Durr

    You really need to educate yourself on IVF. This article is so offensive.

    • I’m sorry you see it that way, Shannon. I’ve done a lot of reading on IVF, and Naprotechnology is cheaper, more effective, and in alignment with the Catholic Church’s teachings on procreative — unlike IVF.

      • T Collier

        Hi Annie! You may want to refer people to this website for secular, science and social based facts on harmful effects of reproductive technologies on our culture.
        http://www.cbc-network.org/

  • Hayley West

    There is nothing to “condemn” about IVF. I have no idea why anybody would either. Ignorance at it’s finest.

    • The process of IVF involves many eggs from one woman being fertilized (that is, many embryos, each with a unique human DNA, being formed). However, only a few of these are actually implanted in the mother. The rest are frozen – so you have many little babies frozen in petri dishes that will just sit there, be experimented on, and die. The good of creating life doesn’t outweigh the evil of allowing many other lives to die.
      That’s the gist of it. Hope that helps!

    • The process of IVF involves many eggs from one woman being fertilized
      (that is, many embryos, each with a unique human DNA, being formed).
      However, only a few of these are actually implanted in the mother. The
      rest are frozen – so you have many little babies frozen in petri dishes
      that will just sit there, be experimented on, and die. The good of
      creating life doesn’t outweigh the evil of allowing many other lives to
      die.
      That’s the gist of it. Hope that helps!

      • Hayley West

        Nothing “evil” about it. I had IVF and I have an incredible child who is loved more than anything. I’m so glad I am not religious if you are made to feel “evil” for creating life. They will always know they are loved and wanted. You have a right to your uneducated opinion, that doesn’t mean you are right. Imagine what your god would think of you condemning women for having IVF when he is all about procreation. Nobody will ever make me feel bad about it, I would do it again. I was baptised catholic and the reason I haven’t been since the age of 12, apart from the lack of believe in any god, is the condemnation of anything and everything. People who, ridiculously, think it is wrong…just don’t do it, but don’t you dare take it upon your self-righteous self to tell others what to do. Your ignorant condemnation of IVF does not make me feel bad, I just can’t believe people think they are high and mighty enough to judge others.

        • I’m sorry you’ve clearly been hurt by what we’ve said here, Hayley. I’m sure your child is incredible and loved. I’m also sorry that you see religion as something which only condemns. Of course that sounds awful — if it were true. But the Church does not only condemn, but she guides us so that we can grow closer to our Lord. As I’m sure you’ve watched your child and made sure they don’t burn themselves on a hot pot sitting on the stove, our Lord has also set aside guidelines for us so that we don’t, too, burn ourselves and hurt ourselves — our souls and our bodies. We don’t want to make you feel bad for doing what you’ve done. I want women and couples to know that there are better options than IVF; options that do align with Church teaching, options that are cheaper, and more effective.

          • Renee

            Annie/Catholic Wife you appear to be young (20’s) so you are still naive, innocent and idealistic. After 5 years of trying various treatments I had a laparoscopy. I had no indicators of endometriosis, but I had levels 4 & 5. This was the only technology available 20 years ago in the Midwest. Now I have beautiful 16 year old daughter and have no regrets. No we didn’t use IVF, we chose not to spend the money but to try adoption instead. We got lucky/pregnant in the process after 7 long yrs. Please remember those that are condemning IVF, etc… ”Do not judge least you be judged”.

          • I’m sorry that’s your perception of me, Renee. Let’s remember that you personally don’t know me as I personally don’t know you. No need to try to label me. I wouldn’t try to do that to you or to any other woman. I’m not making a judgement or condemning anyone here. What I am doing is making a recommendation based on the guide the Church gives us for how to navigate through infertility. There are some practices in accordance with Church teaching, and there are many that are not. When we’ve been taught the truth, we must follow it. This is what the Church teaches, so I’m following it and I’m sharing it with others.

        • T Collier

          I am not really sure why you and Cally would be opposed to people being educated about other options to possibly conceive other than IVF. You don’t have to agree with our Church teaching if you don’t want to, but we should all agree that it is a good thing that science-based procedures are out there that try to help people conceive in much less intrusive ways than artificial reproductive technologies. There are also a ton of ethical social issues that can occur when it comes to third party reproduction procedures (egg donation, surrogacy). http://www.cbc-network.org/

  • Cally B

    This blog is the biggest hypocritical crap I have ever read. How dare you make women who have longed for children with no luck be criticized for using the miracle of modern medicine and doctors to achieve their dreams of becoming mothers. Those “frozen babies in Petrie dishes” that you are referring to might end up going to mother’s who would’ve never been able to conceive otherwise.

    Why don’t you do most of us infertile women a favor and actually post something helpful and not hurtful. Educate yourself a bit more on IVF and actually talk to someone who has gone through it and why. I respect all of them. They will be truly amazing mothers because they longed for their baby long long before they were actually able to carry one. Take your immoral crap and shove it. You are a terrible person.

    • Hayley West

      Agreed.

    • Cally and Hayley, I *am* doing my best to be helpful and not hurtful. I’m sorry you don’t see it that way, and that you have clearly been hurt by what I said, and I’m also guessing, by what other people have said about IVF in the past. I’m sticking to the truth which the Church teaches and I’m sharing that truth here. There are better options than IVF.

    • Gabriela

      I think what this article lacks is love. While IVF is morally wrong and I do not condone it, I sense that OP lacks a certain depth of understanding of other perspectives

  • Maggie

    Hi, I realize you are trying to do something positive here, but unfortunately your article comes across a bit ignorant. In “Catholic World” whenever there is an article on infertility, I can guarantee they will eventually get around to mentioning NaproTech. It’s what I call the “3…2…1… Naprotech” problem. By the time you get to 1, that word will appear in the article. We really can’t discuss infertility without handing out this alleged “Catholic version” of infertility treatment.

    But women who have actually been through infertility and who have read all the well-meaning, very earnest articles, know the scoop. NaproTech does not have any secret sauce to getting you pregnant. The procedures, tests, and medicines are all part of the standard RE playbook (RE stands for Reproductive Endocrinologist, which is the type of mainstream doctor who treats infertility).

    When you compare IVF success rates to Napro success rates, you’re comparing apples to oranges. A mainstream RE doesn’t offer IVF unless a patient has already failed all those low tech strategies. The patients who succeed with Napro are mostly the same as the “low hanging fruit,” relatively easy-to-treat couples who quickly find low tech success at a mainstream fertility clinic. IVF couples have intractable disease; of course their success rates will appear lower. I’ve always been disappointed that the doctors in Nebraska constantly promote that stat – it’s really misleading and gives false hope. Then when women find out the full story, the Church loses credibility.

    And I’m disappointed that it’s parroted, unquestioningly, so much in “Catholic World” too. Science and faith are not enemies, but the faithful in general have really neglected scientific education and how to interpret stats, and it shows.

    A more accurate comparison would be the entire patient population at an infertility clinic, compared to Naprotech. The success rates would be very similar, with the mainstream clinic having a slight advantage since they do go on to get some intractable cases pregnant with IUI/IVF.

    This doesn’t have any impact on morality of course. I just wanted to point out the above.

    • Gabriela

      Thank you! Disagree with IVF/IUI bc religion, but the writer of this article doesn’t seem to understand that taking a birth control pill for reasons other than birth control is not intrinsically evil! While birth control may be a side effect of the pill, as long as your intention is to treat something like endometriosis, for example, then taking the pill is NOT wrong. I’m sure that the NaproTech works for some women, but it does NOT work for all women. Just like how the pill does not work for all women. What the writer of this article (and many other Catholics) fails to realize is that if the pill is working for your medical, and you’re not taking it to prevent pregnancy, then it is okay morally

      • tcstrenge

        The bcp is a suppressive treatment; it blocks, suppresses and destroys a woman’s health and fertility. There are superior treatments for treating health issues. NaProTechnology has a research arm called the International Institue for Restorative Reproductive Medicine (IIRRM). FertilityCare Practitioners (those specially trained to teach the Creighton Model System) all over the world see couples who experience infertility; commonly the woman has been on the bcp for 8, 10, 12 years (some less, some more). It also causes heart attack, stroke, blood clots, brain changes (check out the study from UCLA) and mother nature knows what else. The question constantly asked when a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer by her oncologist: “did you ever take the bcp?”

    • tcstrenge

      Science and faith are indeed not enemies; NaProTechnology proves this (among so many other Catholic scientists over the centuries). IIRRM (International Institute for Restorative Reproductive Medicine) is the research arm for NaPro. Women deserve their medical problems to be thoroughly investigated, evaluated and properly treated. This is always the goal of NaPro: to assist woman to achieve optimal health as well as be able to conceive and carry a child to term. The IVF industry includes in their stats pregnancies carried to 3 months gestation not live birth. IVF clinics tell women, for example, whose FSH is too high (among women with other medical issues) that they are not a candidate for the procedure. NaProTechnology assists all women who come to them for treatment for any medical problem. This should make the stats for achieving pregnancy much lower.

  • Carolyn Dunning

    Hi, have you tried Evening Primrose Oil? I’ve recommended it to friends who had intense
    pain during their periods and every time they responded amazingly well, said it
    really worked, I can’t witness myself as I hardly suffered at all from pain
    during menstruation. You can buy Evening Primrose Oil from Holland &
    Barrett online, not sure if they send it outside the UK but no doubt you can
    get it in the USA. Here in France, the capsules are smaller and much more expensive,
    whereas in England as the public is well-informed the prices have fallen, my
    mum took it for arthrosis, there are lots of uses.

  • Sharon Kniffin Filippi

    Good morning,
    I read this article and all the comments with much sadness as infertility does bring much suffering. I am 65 years old and too suffered from painful periods, endometriosis, and infertility.
    We went through much medical intervention at Stanford University over two years and never did get pregnant. We never did use IVF, and didn’t really even consider it as it was so new at the time. I have for many years thanked God that I never suffered the unbelievable loss of miscarriage of a child. We did however decide to adopt and were overwhelmingly blessed with a daughter and a son, both now grown, married and having children. Adoption has it’s own set of concerns and ongoing worries and some chose not to take that route. God leads in all different directions. I tell you all this because it is good to know when someone has been there when they wish you well, which I do. I pray and hope that all of you suffering from infertility will, like me, finally find peace in some way. I am joyful for all of you that have been able to bring children into the world. I appreciate Annie for talking about the Catholic Church’s teaching about IVF and I pray that the Catholic couples, considering and struggling with the knowledge that IVF could possibly bring them the child they so desperately want, pray to the Holy Spirit for guidance. I pray Annie and her husband will have the children they seek too.
    To those who criticized her for her position against IVF and her suggesting an alternative acceptable to Catholic teaching, please remember, she is writing this blog as a Catholic, and not a cafeteria Catholic who accepts some but not all that the Church teaches.
    She has chosen to accept Church teachings as the truth and is putting out an alternative to those who do as well. Kindness is always the best option. May love abound in everyones lives.

  • Marie

    This is a really great article and very informative! I have endometriosis which is debilitating but it is great to hear the church’s teachings on IVF and alternatives. I hope you are doing well with your own issues! You are doing a fantastic job being so open about your issues

  • Barbara Smith

    Dear All:

    I am a practicing Catholic and have great sympathy for women who cannot conceive. I volunteer at the John Paul II Life Center in Austin, TX and can attest to the efficacy of NAPRO. I had severe endometriosis over 35 years ago and was often in great pain. I had surgery to remove the worst of it and was able to conceive. I now have 2 wonderful daughters. After the birth of my second daughter, my endometriosis and the pain began to return. I decided to go a more natural route to treat it. I chose Traditional Chinese Medicine, which includes acupuncture and herbs. I got rid of my Endometriosis and have not had any pain for all these years. These are natural, safe remedies that can greatly enhance any treatment that your MD chooses for you BUT, in my opinion, they would especially enhance the NAPRO because they are designed to help the body return to a state of health.

    I am now studying Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) at the School of Integrative Medicine: Academy of Oriental Medicine in Austin, TX. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, endometriosis and PCOS are caused by stagnation in the lower part of the torso. TCM can be quite effective as I can personally attest to. You need to go to a Licensed Acupuncturist that has been trained in Traditional Chinese Medicine and nationally licensed. A lot of physical therapists or chiropractors practice some acupuncture but their training is limited. A person that is licensed has spent at least 4 years – similar to a doctorate – and many are Doctors of Oriental Medicine and MD’s. The training also involves training in Western medical theories so that the two forms of treatment can be safely integrated.

    There are various herbal remedies that are extremely helpful, but you should get a herbal prescription from a Licensed Acupuncturist or Doctor of Oriental Medicine to be sure that they address your particular situation. Chinese herbal medicine is very individualized. Below is one general topical remedy used for Endometriosis: “This natural plaster features organic herbs and essential oils that regulate the flow of Qi and Blood in the Lower Jiao and discourages abnormal tissue accumulations.” This should be used before you try to conceive NOT while you are trying to conceive. There are other remedies to help dissolve abnormal tissue but, as mentioned, should be prescribed under the care of a Licensed Acupuncturist or Doctor of Oriental Medicine. Many TCM practitioners specialize in fertility.

    https://agelessherbs.com/endo-relief-plaster/

    I will also be starting a free Easy Wellness blog based upon my training. This site provides Easy Wellness strategies based upon Traditional Chinese Medicine and other training that I have received. Feel free to check it out and subscribe if you would like.

    https://easywellness.blog/

    Mainly, don’t give up. God has created our bodies so wonderfully and the ability to join in His creation by having children is a wonderful gift.