According to The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, endometriosis affects almost half of all infertile women. The fertility doctors at Procrea in Quebec and Ontario discuss endometriosis and its effect on fertility.
- What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis occurs when endometrial tissue grows outside the uterine cavity. The tissue is supposed to line the uterus, but endometriosis causes the tissue to grow somewhere else in the body, commonly in the abdomen.
- What are the symptoms?
Endometriosis affects each woman a little differently. Though some may not experience any symptoms, it is common to experience severe cramps, abnormal bleeding, and painful intercourse.
- How does endometriosis affect fertility?
Women with endometriosis may find it harder to conceive. Endometriosis can bind the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and intestines together, which interferes with the release of the egg from the ovaries or the pick up of the eggs by the fallopian tubes.
- Can I get pregnant if I have endometriosis?
Women with endometriosis may still be able to conceive naturally, and some may need to turn to reproductive technologies. Some options that we offer for endometriosis patients at Procrea in Ontario and Quebec include: IVF, IUI, egg or sperm donation, and surrogacy.
If you have had trouble conceiving for six months to one year, it may be time to schedule an appointment with a reproductive specialist at Procrea in Ontario or Quebec. Our team can order blood tests, ultrasounds, and a diagnostic laparoscopy to confirm an endometriosis diagnosis.