March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, highlighting a health condition in which the tissue lining the uterine cavity grows in other areas of the body, such as the ovaries. In addition to causing painful periods and uncomfortable intercourse, endometriosis can also cause complications involving conception. If you are struggling with fertility as a result of endometriosis, our reproductive endocrinologists offer many options to achieve conception.
Endometriosis affects as much as 10% of women and is involved in about 40% of infertility cases for women because it can cause ovarian cysts and blockages in the fallopian tubes, resulting in toxins that make the eggs less receptive to sperm. Conditions of mild to severe endometriosis may require one or more of the following fertility treatments:
– Ovarian hyperstimulation: We can stimulate the ovaries with hormonal drugs to release additional eggs to increase the likelihood of conception. Women who have mild endometriosis can benefit from this procedure, which may be combined with artificial insemination to enhance its efficacy.
– Artificial insemination: This procedure may improve the chances of conception if endometriosis has not reduced the status of the fallopian tubes and ovaries. To perform this procedure, we inject an extraction of sperm into the female patient to directly fertilize an egg.
– In vitro fertilization: When endometriosis is severe, it can result in distortion in the fallopian tubes and ovaries to the point that in vitro fertilization is required. This is a process in which we remove an egg and inseminating it with sperm in a test tube or other container outside the body, and then the resulting embryo is placed in the uterus.
While treatment for endometriosis continues to undergo research, we are pleased to offer solutions of our own for infertility caused by endometriosis in Idaho Falls, Idaho. We invite you to contact Idaho Fertility Center at (208) 529-2019 today to schedule your consultation with our fertility specialists.