Endometriosis Awareness Month 2015: Stop Living in Pain, Here are Possible Treatment Options

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. Enjoying the sun

What is endometriosis? 

Endometriosis is a painful condition that affects between five and ten percent of women.  With endometriosis, uterine lining, which is critical to fertility, grows outside of the uterus as well, filling the abdominal cavity.  The thickness of the uterine lining changes with a woman’s cycle, but it can not be shed, so it accumulates, ultimately resulting in scar tissue and pain.   Endometriosis is also a cause of infertility as the uterine lining can invade and scar the fallopian tubes.  When the uterine lining attaches to ovaries, the quality of the eggs can decline, further reducing fertility.

How can endometriosis be treated to increase fertility? 

Research shows that in vitro fertilization (IVF) is the best way to treat fertility issues in women with endometriosis.  In order to be successful, the IVF protocol used must be tailored to the specific needs of each patient.  IVF can address both issues of poor egg quality and blocked fallopian tubes.

Fertility medication is a common aspect of fertility treatment.  However, fertility medication will stimulate both a woman’s ovaries and the uterine lining that exists outside the uterus.   Additionally, treatment must be varied based on the exact location of the excess lining.  Furthermore, women with endometriosis that want to become pregnant should start the IVF process as soon as possible.  Every day the condition goes untreated is an opportunity for a woman’s fertility to be impacted.

The good news is, pregnancy is the best treatment for endometriosis.  During pregnancy, a woman has no menstrual cycles.  Therefore, the uterine tissue that exists outside the womb stops bleeding and the symptoms associated with endometriosis decrease.

For a personalized fertility treatment plan for your endometriosis, contact the experts at New Hope Fertility Center today.  Please click the link below to enter your information and New Hope will contact you, or simply call 212-517-7676. Thank You.

 

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