Options for Conceiving if You Have Endometriosis

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Do you  experience painful periods and uncomfortable intercourse? Are you plagued by pelvic pain, low back pain and often feel fatigued?  These could be symptoms of endometriosis, a condition in which the tissue that lines the inner uterine cavity is also located outside of the uterus.  Because this tissue responds to a woman’s monthly hormones, it grows and becomes inflamed each month.   Endometriosis can cause pain, as well as adhesions and scarring on other organs in the pelvis and abdomen.  The ovaries can be affected by endometrioses, and egg quality can be diminished.   Though treatment for endometriosis can help relieve symptoms and may improve your chances of pregnancy, it is often beneficial to see a fertility specialist as fertility treatment can increase the liklihood for conception.

As much as 10% of women suffer from endometriosis, and it affects up to 40% of infertile women due to the blockages and distortions it can cause in the pelvic anatomy. If you have been diagnosed with mild to severe endometriosis, we encourage you to speak with one of our Reproductive Endocrinologists about the following services:

– Ovarian hyperstimulation: Also referred to as timed intercourse or ovulation induction, the use of hormonal medications can stimulate the ovaries to produce additional eggs in order to increase the chances of conception. This is often recommended for women with mild endometriosis, and is commonly combined with intrauterine insemination.

– Intrauterine insemination (IUI): During this medical procedure, sperm is collected from the male partner and placed in the women’s uterus by catheter to help the sperm reach the egg more efficiently.  Intrauterine insemination is a good option to try initially and is helpful in getting you back to the normal pregnancy rates.

– In vitro fertilization (IVF): is a process  where hormones are given to stimulate a women’s ovaries to grow and mature multiple follicles which are the fluid filled sacs containing eggs.  Those eggs are extracted and inseminated with sperm in the laboratory and the resulting embryo’s can be used for an embryo transfer or are frozen for future use.  Women with endometriosis may have adhesions restricting the fallopian tubes from picking up the egg for fertilization.  IVF bypasses that step and is a great option for women with endometriosis.  Success rates of IVF are significantly higher than those with natural conception or other treatment options.

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month and we are committed to offering solutions for those with endometriosis.  Contact our office at 801-785-5100 today to schedule a consultation and learn more about conceiving after being diagnosed with endometriosis.