Endometriosis and Infertility
Endometriosis is a complicated condition that can cause reproductive challenges and infertility for women. About 35-40% of women with endometriosis will experience some varying degree of reproductive challenges.
It is important to understand that having endometriosis does NOT mean that you will never have children. With appropriate treatment plans customized to your specific symptoms and anatomical structure, achieving pregnancy with endometriosis becomes a possibility!
How does endometriosis cause infertility?
Endometriosis occurs when the uterine tissue grows outside of the uterus. This tissue can adhere to surrounding organs like the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and bowel. Endometriosis causes inflammation in the pelvis which can prevent the egg and sperm from joining. Scarring (adhesions) caused by endometriosis may even block the fallopian tubes and ovaries, preventing the sperm and egg from meeting.
Diagnosis and Testing
The most effective and reliable method in diagnosing endometriosis is through laparoscopy and pathological biopsy. Based on the stage and location of endometriosis, various treatment options are available to help you become pregnant including anti-inflammatory medication, hormonal medication, and minimally invasive excision of endometriosis.
We Can Help!
If you’re having trouble becoming pregnant and you have endometriosis (or symptoms of endometriosis), our specialists can provide a comprehensive evaluation to determine what could be affecting your fertility.