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From infertility to pregnancy: a Charlotte woman shares her journey

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Charlotte, N.C. (WJZY) -- March is Endometriosis awareness month. Doctor Kevin Stepp works in the Women's Center for Pelvic Health at Carolinas Healthcare System. He says endometriosis occurs when cells normally found inside the uterus are located outside the womb. This can result in severe pain and infertility. Doctor Stepp endometriosis is very common; about one in every four women suffer with endometriosis.

Lee Ann Cooling is a Charlotte woman who has been suffering with endometriosis since she was a teenager. She says doctors did not recognize what she had until more recently.

Doctor Stepp says it's common for women to not even be aware they have endometriosis. Common symptoms include painful menstrual cycles, severe pain leading up to the cycle, and sometimes not being able to stand during the period due to the pain. Symptoms do vary person to person.

When Lee Ann and her husband had trouble conceiving, they visited Doctor Stepp for help.

Doctor Stepp removed Lee Ann's endometriosis in surgery without affecting any of her reproductive organs. Not a year later, Lee Ann and her husband conceived and are pregnant with their first child.

Doctor Stepp says this happy outcome doesn't always happen. It depends on each woman's case.

For more information on Carolinas Healthcare System Women's Center for Pelvic Health, visit http://www.carolinashealthcare.org/cmc-mercy-pelvic-health
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