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Instituto de Medicina Reproductiva (IMER) Sevilla Support Group

Fertility Support Group
This clinic is part of the Fertility Support Group Program.
Health Center approved by the Spanish Ministry of Health - License number (CNN): 0141001798

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When does the pregnant belly start to show?
By Sarai Arrones. Last Update: 05/11/2022

Tummy growth usually starts to become noticeable around the fifth month of pregnancy, when the bottom of the uterus reaches the level of the navel. However, it may be noticed earlier or later depending on the woman's age, her constitution and whether it is her first pregnancy. If you have been a mother before, the muscles of your abdominal walls have already been stretched and the belly will be visible earlier.

Is endometriosis contagious?
By Sarai Arrones. Last Update: 04/06/2022

Endometriosis is not a sexually transmitted disease and therefore is not contagious. Although the cause is unknown, it is known that there is no risk of contagion.

Is endometriosis hereditary?
By Sarai Arrones. Last Update: 04/06/2022

Genetic factors are suspected to be involved in this pathology, since cases have been detected of women within the same family suffering from it.

Women whose mother or sister suffers from endometriosis are 6 times more likely to develop this disease than the rest of the general population.

Is acupuncture effective for the treatment of endometriosis?
By Sarai Arrones. Last Update: 11/28/2018

Acupuncture helps regulate hormonal imbalances and relieve pain. According to some experts, acupuncture, accompanied by phytotherapy (medicinal plants) and dietary supplements, is very useful for treating endometriosis naturally.

What symptoms may indicate that there is a complication with the pregnancy?
By Sarai Arrones. Last Update: 02/09/2016

Risk symptoms are less common throughout pregnancy and can alert a woman that something is wrong. If any of the following symptoms appear, the recommendation is to contact the gynecologist immediately to determine the cause and look for a solution.

  • Vaginal bleeding: slight bleeding may be normal, but an abundant one is worrisome as it may be a sign of abortion or ectopic pregnancy.
  • Pain or burning when urinating: may be signs of a urinary tract infection.
  • acute stomach pain.
  • Very severe headache.
  • Visual problems.
  • Sudden weight gain.
  • Hand and face swelling.
  • Fever.

Also, don't be alarmed at any unusual or uncommon symptoms. It is important to determine when it is something serious and when it is simply an effect of changes in the body. It is common for first-time pregnant women to see a specialist for any variation or discomfort.

Is hysterectomy the best treatment for endometriosis?
By Sarai Arrones. Last Update: 04/17/2014

Hysterectomy is the last resort for treatment of endometriosis. It is only performed in very specific cases and in those women who have already had children and does not guarantee the elimination of pain. There are other effective treatments for pain such as natural and hormonal therapies.

Can men have pregnancy symptoms?
By Sarai Arrones. Last Update: 08/21/2012

Yes, it is possible for a man to experience what is called empathic pregnancy or Couvade syndrome during his partner's gestation. It comes from the French word couver, which means incubate or create.

Men present symptoms similar to those of women, such as abdominal pain, mood swings, nausea, vomiting, fatigue and weight gain, among others. Symptoms often cease at the time of delivery, so the only cure is the birth of the baby.