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Is My Endometriosis Stopping Me From Getting Pregnant?

Patients with endometriosis often complain of painful periods — but some cases of endometriosis don’t cause noticeable symptoms at all. However, between 30% and 50% of women with endometriosis have reduced fertility, and can’t get easily pregnant. Endometriosis could be the cause of your fertility struggles, without your even knowing you have the condition.

Whether your endometriosis causes difficult and painful symptoms, or only interferes with your fertility, you should know that you’re not alone. The reproductive medicine and fertility experts at New York Fertility Institute can diagnose your endometriosis, and suggest the right plan for expanding your family post-diagnosis.

From Upper East Side Manhattan, New York City offices, our LGBT-friendly team of fertility doctors, led by Dr. Khalid Sultan and Dr. Majid Fateh, provide expert care for new and existing patients. Here’s what we want our patients to know about endometriosis and its impacts on your fertility.

Understanding endometriosis

If you have endometriosis, the tissues that usually develop in your uterine lining grow in places other than inside your uterine cavity. You can develop areas of uterine tissue in locations including your fallopian tubes, ovaries, and your outer uterine wall, as well as on your bladder, bowels, and abdominal tissues.

When you have a menstrual period, your body sheds blood and tissue from your uterine lining, also known as your endometrium. The monthly hormonal shifts that cause your uterine lining to shed during your period also cause other endometrial deposits to change, as if to be shed. Because the tissue can’t exit your abdominal cavity, it can result in inflammation, adhesions, cysts, and scarring.

Some patients with endometriosis don’t report any symptoms. You could also suffer from painful or heavy periods, pelvic pain, pain during intercourse, or pain during urination or bowel movements if you have endometriosis.

Endometriosis and fertility

The scarring and tissue buildups that result from endometriosis can negatively impact your fertility in several ways. Your fallopian tubes could become distorted or blocked, or the quality of your eggs could be harmed by chronic inflammation. And, the hormone imbalances that can accompany endometriosis can also make getting pregnant a challenge.

At New York Fertility Institute, we start treatment for endometriosis by minimizing your menstrual periods with hormonal medications like birth control pills. This allows your symptoms to abate. Then, we use operative laparoscopy to remove uterine tissue deposits, cysts, and scarring outside of your uterus.

With specialized instruments, we minimize your incisions and shorten your recovery period. The procedure is in-office. We use general anesthesia to keep you from feeling discomfort during your operation.

You may be able to become pregnant once obstructions are removed through surgery. Your provider at New York Fertility Institute can also recommend assisted reproduction techniques to support you in getting pregnant after endometriosis. You and your expanding family may be able to benefit from procedures like ovarian stimulation, in vitro fertilization (IVF), or intrauterine insemination.

To learn more about the link between endometriosis and your fertility, and start the process of getting your diagnosis and reproductive plan, get in touch with the fertility experts at New York Fertility Institute this spring. You can book your appointment at our New York City, New York office by calling now, or use the online tool to schedule at your convenience.

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