Does Suffering from Endometriosis Affect My Fertility?

Affecting one in 10 women across the globe, endometriosis is a common condition that causes pelvic pain and infertility. If you have endometriosis, the tissue that usually grows inside your uterus grows in other areas of your pelvis, including other reproductive organs.

Endometriosis causes pain and inflammation that can interfere with your reproductive system. If endometrial tissue grows and blocks your ovaries or Fallopian tubes, it can make getting and staying pregnant difficult.

For effective endometriosis treatment and guidance in overcoming fertility problems, turn to Srisawai Pattamakom, MD and her caring team at Ideal Women’s Health Specialists. Dr. Pattamakom can help you understand your condition and how it affects your fertility, joining you on your journey to grow your family.

Understanding endometriosis

Your uterus is lined with tissue called endometrium. When you have endometriosis, the uterine lining grows outside your uterus. The endometrium can grow on your ovaries, Fallopian tubes, and elsewhere in your pelvis. Although it’s rare, the tissue can grow in areas beyond the pelvis.

Just like the endometrium inside the uterus, the tissue outside it thickens, sheds, and bleeds. But because it’s outside your uterus, it can’t exit your body. The trapped materials lead to inflammation and pain. Over time, scar tissue can develop and cause organs to stick together.

Symptoms of endometriosis often include:

Endometriosis can impact your quality of life and affect your fertility. If you think you have endometriosis, it’s important to get a proper diagnosis to understand your condition and learn about the treatment options that will best fit your lifestyle and your goals.

Getting pregnant with endometriosis

Endometriosis can make getting pregnant and carrying a pregnancy full-term difficult. Women with endometriosis struggle with infertility about 30-50% of the time, while nearly 50% of all infertility issues in women are due to endometriosis. Your fertility often depends on where the endometrial tissue is growing and how it affects your reproductive system.

Tissue growth on your Fallopian tubes can keep sperm from reaching an egg to fertilize it or block the egg from traveling to the uterus. Growth that occurs on your ovaries can interfere with eggs being released. Endometrial tissue blocking the reproductive system is the leading cause of infertility in women suffering from endometriosis.

But just because endometriosis makes getting pregnant more difficult for the women who have it, that doesn’t mean that getting pregnant is impossible. In fact, one in three women with endometriosis eventually get pregnant naturally. For women who don’t get pregnant without fertility treatment, there are many options.

If you suffer from endometriosis, but you want to have children in the future, there are treatment options available for you. Dr. Pattamakom offers the latest in minimally invasive surgery to remove endometrial tissue growth, without harming your reproductive system. Using small incisions and a camera, she targets and removes the tissue interfering with your reproductive system.

Surgery to remove tissue growth can help eliminate pain and symptoms associated with endometriosis. Once the endometrial tissue is removed from reproductive organs, the chances of getting pregnant increase.

For some women, in vitro fertilization helps them get and stay pregnant. By fertilizing an egg in a lab and implanting the egg directly into the uterus, the affected reproductive organs are bypassed. Other forms of assisted reproductive technologies include intrauterine insemination and surrogate or gestational carriers.

Don’t let endometriosis pain keep you from enjoying life and growing your family. Understand your condition, and find treatment that works for you with Ideal Women’s Health Specialists. Call the clinic today for your first appointment.

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