Endometriosis is a painful condition that affects more than one-third of all women with fertility problems. Indeed, in roughly 30 to 50 percent of the patients who turn to The Centre for Reproductive Medicine for in vitro fertilization (IVF) due to female factor fertility during any given stretch of time, endometriosis is present to some degree. While endometriosis does not necessarily cause infertility, the condition can certainly be a contributing factor.
Fortunately for patients of our fertility clinic in Lubbock, fertility treatment for women with endometriosis is available and can significantly increase their chances of achieving successful pregnancy. If you or your partner suffers from endometriosis and is having difficulty conceiving, Dr. Janelle Dorsett would welcome the opportunity to speak with you and explain your fertility treatment options to you during a confidential consultation at her state-of-the-art facility.
What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition that affects millions of women and for which there is unfortunately no cure. The condition is marked by the growth of tissues that normally reside within the uterus on structures outside of the uterus, such as the bowels, ovaries, and pelvic lining. These are the same tissues that are expelled from the body as blood during the menstrual cycle; however, when they grow outside of the uterus, they cannot leave the body. Instead, they become trapped, causing damage to surrounding healthy tissues, which results in the creation of abnormal tissues.
Cases of endometriosis can range in severity from mild to extreme; however, even mild cases can be extremely painful. Women with severe endometriosis are far more likely to suffer from infertility and to require fertility treatments in order to conceive than those with mild endometriosis. Likewise, women with mild endometriosis are likelier to achieve success through IVF and other fertility treatments than those with more severe cases. However, all women with endometriosis and infertility are more likely to achieve successful pregnancy with fertility treatments than without fertility treatments.
Fertility Treatments for Women with Endometriosis
For women with mild endometriosis, laparoscopic surgery to remove the abnormal tissues may help to improve fertility in some cases. Dr. Dorsett may recommend that patients with mild endometriosis undergo laparoscopic surgery and then attempt conception via intercourse for a few months before pursuing alternative treatments.
For women with more severe endometriosis, laparoscopic surgery will still be recommended, often in conjunction with IVF and medical therapy. There is some evidence, albeit not indisputable, that this combination of treatments may increase the odds of successful pregnancy.
Nevertheless, IVF is generally the preferred fertility treatment for women for whom endometriosis is a contributing or primary factor in their infertility. Intra-uterine insemination (IUI) has also been employed with some success, especially in women with mild endometriosis.
Learn More about Fertility Treatments for Women with Endometriosis
If you would like to learn more about fertility treatments for women with endometriosis, or you would like to schedule an appointment with esteemed fertility specialist Janelle Dorsett, please contact The Centre for Reproductive Medicine today. We would be pleased to assist you in any way we can.