Most of this will probably be me rambling, so don't feel like you have to read it all. I have stage 2 endometriosis. Endo is a reproductive disease that occurs when tissue like that which lines the uterus (tissue called the endometrium) is found outside the uterus. There's no cure for it. It also happens to be one of the leading causes of infertility. The symptoms are no fun at all...I experience severe cramping and many times even pain during "intimate" moments with my husband. All in all, it sucks. DH and I have been trying to conceive a child for nearly 6 years. We knew about my endo, but also knew it was stage one, so I might not have as much difficulty conceiving as someone in stage four, for example (stage four is the worst). But obviously, I did. In November 2005, I had laparoscopic surgery to laser away the endo. During post-op, my doctor told me that endo was found in my tubes, not a good sign for trying to get pregnant. My stage one had progressed to stage two. I had about a year from that point until I was right back where I was...since endo has no cure, the removal of it during surgery is only a temporary fix. We were told to make the best of that year. It's been more than a year, still no pregnancy. So on top of the physical and emotional pain of endometriosis, there is also the pain of infertility. I can't even begin to tell you the "well intentioned" comments I hear on a near daily basis, especially as people my age (I'll be 26 in two days) and younger at the seminary we're at are having children. I've heard it all...from "all you need is a vacation" to "you must be spiritually immature" when it comes to my inability to have a child. It pains me so much, and it makes me feel like my body is broken because not only do I have a disease...but I have a disease that prevents me from having a child. Now I know there are cases of women with endo conceiving...and for all I know, that will one day happen for me. But my chances of that are highly unlikely since endo is growing in my tubes and blocking them. And as well intentioned as the "well I knew a woman with endo who had a baby" comments are, I don't think people understand that it hurts when I hear of other success stories while I'm still sitting in the "failure" category. So that's me in a nutshell. Not really expecting any replies...it's just nice to let it out.