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Endometriosis

Endometriosis is a common health condition that affects over 6 million women throughout the world and is present in 30% of women who have infertility. If detected and treated, endometriosis is a correctable issue that should not affect your fertility success.

WHAT IS ENDOMETRIOSIS

Endometriosis is caused when the uterine lining – the endometrium – grows outside of the uterus and spreads to other organs of your body. Over time, this excess growth leads to pain, infection, and even scar tissue. If untreated, it can grow to block the fallopian tubes and ovaries, which prevents a woman from being able to become pregnant.

12WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS OF ENDOMETRIOSIS?

Some women who have endometriosis have no symptoms or very few symptoms. Others see minimal to severe symptoms – which include:

  • infertility and miscarriage
  • painful menstrual cramps
  • heavy periods
  • pain after sexual activity
  • painful bowel movements
  • lower back pain

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HOW ENDOMETRIOSIS CAUSES INFERTILITY

  • it leads to scarring or adhesions in the pelvis and reproductive organs
  • it damages or blocks the fallopian tubes and impedes the journey of the egg to the uterus
  • it affects the movement of sperm
  • it causes ovarian cysts
  • it contributes to problems inside uterus, making it difficult for an embryo to implant and grow
  • it restricts movement of the fallopian tubes and ovaries

HOW WE DIAGNOSE ENDOMETRIOSIS

The diagnosis of endometriosis cannot be made from symptoms alone. It can only be confirmed by in-depth inspection and tests, including:

Pelvic exam: We check for scar tissue or large cysts surrounding the uterus during a pelvic exam,

MaleInfertilityVaginal ultrasound: We use a vaginal ultrasound to check for smaller cysts.

Blood tests: We analyze blood for elevated protein levels that signify the presence of endometriosis.

Laparoscopy: We use this minimally invasive surgery to understand the severity of the disease.

HOW WE TREAT ENDOMETRIOSIS AND INFERTILITY

Our fertility team in Scottsdale is expertly trained in diagnosing endometriosis and successfully treating endometriosis symptoms.

Once your endometriosis has been categorized as minimal, mild, moderate, or severe, Dr. Hade will create a personalized treatment plan that best regulates your symptoms and maximizes your chance of a successful pregnancy.

Some successful treatment options include:

Laparoscopy: This minimally invasive surgical treatment that allows us to diagnose and treat the disease during the same procedure. It allows us to remove endometrial tissue attached to other organs.

Oral Medications: We use medications to treat the pain associated with endometriosis and to shrink the endometrial tissue.

IUI and IVF: Infertility treatments and success rates for IUI and IVF are generally similar for women with endometriosis-related infertility and women with unexplained infertility.

WHAT TO DO IF I HAVE SYMPTOMS OF ENDOMETRIOSIS?

We strongly suggest that you seek the advice of a fertility specialist so that you can be properly evaluated and receive an accurate endometriosis diagnosis. Dr. Hade is an expert in endometriosis diagnosis and treatment and will provide a comprehensive analysis to ensure your path to parenthood is as seamless as possible.