Endometriosis affects one out of ten women. Endometriosis is one of the top three causes of female infertility.
Infertility is a classic and devastating symptom of endometriosis.
Dr. John Zhang – founder and medical director of New Hope Fertility Center – is an avid promoter of Endometriosis Awareness with the specific goals of:
Endometriosis affects a woman’s reproductive and surrounding organs when uterine lining tissue (endometrium) grows outside of the uterus and into other areas of her body.
This errant tissue is generated by hormones creating endometrial cells. The disease causes adhesions (scar tissue), lesions, and blood-filled cysts. Endometrial cells appearing in abnormal locations cause endometriosis. When these errant endometrial cells grow and then sluff off, there is no escape outlet from the body, and internal bleeding leads to:
Endometriosis has the ability to substantially impact a woman’s fertility. Getting diagnosed early and following a personalized treatment plan allows women with endometriosis to have the families they’ve dreamed of.
Endometriosis is a serious health condition that affects millions of women in the United States. In normal bodies, uterine lining is only found within the uterus. In women with endometriosis, this lining can also be found in the abdominal cavity. This tissue can be found on the uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes and can result in severe pain and scarring if left untreated. While there is no cure for endometriosis, early intervention is important, especially for women who want to have children.
Women with endometriosis often feel isolated and that no one understands their suffering. Other women may compare the situation with normal menstrual cramps, having no idea what you’re actually experiencing. Thankfully, there are ways to treat endometriosis and preserve your fertility.