It’s a misconception that endometriosis leaves every woman infertile. That said, there are a considerable number of women who struggle to conceive because of it. Depending on the severity of your condition and where the endometrial tissue is growing, you might have a challenging time getting pregnant. Fortunately, a specialist can provide a thorough diagnosis and potential treatment options.
Our team of reproductive specialists at University Reproductive Associates helps people throughout New Jersey and the greater New York City metro area with fertility challenges, including those caused by endometriosis.
Endometriosis and fertility
Endometriosis is a gynecological condition where endometrial tissue — the uterine lining you shed during your period — grows outside of the womb. Every month, these cells grow and bleed, leading to painful inflammation and scar tissue formation.
This scarring could impede your ability to conceive. Along with impairing egg quality, scar tissue can block the fallopian tubes, preventing pregnancy. That is especially true if the endometriosis has gone untreated for a long time, allowing extreme buildup of scar tissue.
Early intervention is critical in the treatment of endometriosis and the preservation of a patient’s fertility. Unfortunately, many women find that their concerns about heavy periods, pelvic pain, and painful intercourse or orgasms are brushed off by their primary care doctors.
It’s estimated roughly 10% of women and girls have endometriosis. Still, that number is likely larger due to the high rate of unreported and undiagnosed cases. This is why regular examinations by a trusted gynecologist are important. Heavy bleeding and painful cramping should always be taken seriously, and diagnostics should be done to search for stray endometrial tissue.
Diagnosis and treatment
There are many ways to search for endometrial tissue, including ultrasound and MRI. However, the most effective diagnosis is done using laparoscopy. This is a minimally invasive procedure that involves the insertion of a small tube equipped with a light and camera.
Once your doctor knows where the endometrial tissue is located and the severity of the growths, you can begin discussing treatment. Some women opt to use birth control to regulate their hormones and alleviate symptoms, but that isn’t an effective option for women attempting to become pregnant.
If your fallopian tubes have been blocked by scar tissue, laparoscopic surgery can remove it. At University Reproductive Associates, our team has experience performing these procedures using traditional and advanced robotic techniques.
Struggling to conceive? Suspect that endometriosis is to blame for your infertility? Schedule a consultation with the specialists at URA by calling the location closest to you, or request an appointment online or call 201-288-6330.