Can IVF Help Me Conceive If I Have Endometriosis?
Many people who decide to start a family are surprised when they do not get pregnant right away. Though it is not widely discussed, infertility affects a large part of society. If someone has been unable to conceive after a year or more, their infertility could be the result of endometriosis, which is a leading cause of female infertility.
In vitro fertilization, or IVF, is one of the most common infertility treatments. IVF assists throughout the stages of conception to make pregnancy more likely. Here, fertility specialist Dr. Janelle Dorsett discusses how IVF addresses endometriosis to give her Lubbock, TX, patients a chance to conceive and carry their own child.
How Does Endometriosis Affect Fertility?
Before discussing how IVF can be beneficial to those suffering from endometriosis, let us provide a brief overview of how endometriosis affects the female reproductive system. The endometrium is the layer of tissues that lines the uterus. Throughout a woman’s menstrual cycle, this lining thickens to support the potential implant of a fertilized egg. If an egg does not implant to the uterine wall, the tissues of the endometrium are shed through menstrual blood.
When a woman suffers from endometriosis, endometrial tissues grow outside the uterus. They may be found in the exterior of the uterus, the fallopian tubes, the ovaries, or the pelvis. These tissues become trapped, because there is no way for them to be expelled from the body. As endometrial tissues buildup, it can create cysts or scarring. All of this can disrupt ovulation and create a hostile environment that is not supportive of conception.
Can Endometriosis Be Treated?
When individuals come to our Lubbock clinic with fertility concerns, we often recommend fertility testing. These tests can help our doctors determine if the patient is suffering from endometriosis. When a patient is diagnosed with endometriosis, there are treatment options to consider.
At The Centre for Reproductive Medicine, we typically opt for the most conservative method of endometriosis treatment, but the most appropriate treatment plan depends on the severity of the condition, whether the patient is experiencing symptoms, and whether they hope to get pregnant.
Potential endometriosis treatments include:
- Pain medication (to enhance patient comfort)
- Hormone therapy
- Fertility treatment
How Can IVF Help?
If conservative endometriosis treatments have proven ineffective, or if the patient’s primary concern is becoming pregnant, we are likely to recommend fertility treatment. IVF is the most common fertility treatment for individuals with IVF, because of its high rate of success.
IVF assists with each stage of conception. To start, women undergo ovarian stimulation. Through the administration of fertility medication we are able to promote the production and release of multiple mature eggs. These eggs are collected and then joined with sperm in a laboratory setting. The eggs and sperm are evaluated for several days to observe fertilization, and then healthy embryos are selected for embryo transfer.
Because IVF treatment takes place in a lab, we are able to ensure that fertilization takes place. This alone significantly increases the chance of a successful pregnancy for our Lubbock patients. If all goes as intended, the transferred embryo (or embryos) will implant to the wall of the uterus, resulting in a healthy pregnancy.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you have had difficulty conceiving, the team of fertility specialists at The Centre for Reproductive Medicine would be happy to discuss our comprehensive range of fertility treatments. To schedule a personal consultation, send us a message online, or call (806) 788-1212 at your earliest convenience.