Endometriosis and infertility

April 20, 2018

Endometriosis is sometimes a painful condition, where the tissues that lie inside one’s uterus, known as the endometrium, starts growing outside the uterus. It is usually found in the organs of the pelvis. The reason as to why some women suffer from this disorder is still unknown. This condition is more common in women who are experiencing infertility. However, if someone is suffering from endometriosis, it does not mean that they are infertile. Women suffering from this disorder might not show any symptoms. However, a few signs are;

• Pain in the pelvic region

• Pain while having sex

• Experiencing pain while urinating or bowel movements

• Infertility

The pain might not be the same every month. Pelvic pain usually depends on the location where the endometriosis is located.

The endometrial tissue is flushed out every month during one’s periods. These tissues are found in ectopic locations called endometrial implants. They are; the ovaries, fallopian tubes, the surface of the uterus, bowel, and the membrane lining of the pelvis.

Based on the located, it can be classified into four stages. They are; I-minimal, II-mild, III-moderate, IV-severe. The classifications depend on the location, depth, severity, and extremity. Usually, most of the endometrial cases are either mild or minimal, with slight scarring. However, moderate and severe stages result in cysts and deeper scarring.

It is said that about 30-40% of women suffering from endometriosis have trouble getting pregnant. Though the reason is not clear, it is assumed that the scarring and hormonal factors are the main cause.

Endometriosis is one of the main reasons why some couples are unable to conceive. With the help of laparoscopic evaluations, the doctors at Apollo Fertility are able to come to a conclusion and start the treatment. This disorder leads to scar tissue formation inside the pelvis and when the ovaries or fallopian tubes are involved, the transportation of the fertilized eggs into the tubes may be compromised. The other symptoms are;

• Pain in the lower abdomen

• Diarrhea or constipation

• Pain in the lower back

• Chronic fatigue

• Irregular periods

• Heavy bleeding

• Painful or bloody urine

• A few rare symptoms are; chest pain, coughing blood, headaches, and even seizures.

Endometriosis and infertility

Even though infertile women might suffer from endometriosis, there are several cases where women suffering from this very same disorder are able to conceive. Almost 70% of women with mild or moderate endometriosis have no problem getting pregnant. Today, there are several treatments available for infertility combined with endometriosis. The doctors at Apollo Fertility will conduct the required tests, helping you with the right treatment.

Treatment for Endometriosis

This disorder can be corrected with the help of medication and/or surgery. The main criteria of the treatment are to enhance fertility and provide relief from the painful symptoms.

Can Endometriosis be prevented?

Since there is no complete information related to endometriosis, it is difficult to prevent it.


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