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National Endometriosis Month - What is Endometriosis?

More than five million women in the United States have endometriosis.  Despite being a leading cause of fertility issues, many women are unaware of the condition.  Understanding what endometriosis is and how it can impact fertility is an important part of reproductive health. 

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Endometriosis is a condition where the uterine lining grows outside of the uterus.  This tissue accumulates and bleeds just like the tissue inside the uterus.  However, because the tissue can not be shed and expelled from the body, it becomes scar tissue.  This can be extremely painful.  Additionally, the excess uterine lining can attach itself to other organs such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes, leading to issues with fertility. 

Many women with endometriosis have abdominal pain and heavy periods.  However, some women with endometriosis have no symptoms and only realize their issue when they have trouble getting pregnant. 

How is endometriosis treated? 

Unfortunately, there is no cure for endometriosis.  Instead, doctors aim to control the symptoms.  This can be done through the use of medication.  In the body, uterine lining is impacted by the body’s hormone levels.  The symptoms of endometriosis can be controlled by altering a woman’s hormone levels.  This can be done through the use of medication that stops a woman’s periods.  For women who wish to have children, pregnancy is the best treatment for endometriosis.  During pregnancy, a woman’s periods cease, reducing the impact of the excess uterine lining. 

How does endometriosis effect fertility treatment? 

Many fertility treatments rely upon fertility medication to stimulate the body.  This medication is often designed to supplement hormone levels.  Unfortunately, these fertility medications affect the uterine lining outside of the uterus as well.  In order to properly treat infertility in these women, great care must be taken when designing the fertility care plan. In order to be successful, physicians must uniquely tailor their approaches for women with endometriosis. 

For additional information on what endometriosis is and how it effects fertility, contact the team 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.

Topics: Fertility, Fertility Treatment, endometriosis

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