Endometriosis Treatment at IVF Plano: A Targeted Approach
Many women diagnosed with endometriosis wonder how it will impact fertility. Dr. James Douglas reassures his patients that endometriosis is common, treatable and won’t necessarily prevent you from getting pregnant.
Dr. James Douglas Explains Endometriosis
A gynecological conundrum, endometriosis occurs when the endometrial lining of the uterus (womb) grows in other parts of the body: in the ovaries, pelvis, intestines, abdominal or bowel area, for example. Scientists and fertility specialists do not have conclusive answers as to why the immune system sometimes allows endometrial tissue to grow outside the womb.
Endometriosis begins when cells that your body sheds during a menstrual period “backflow” in what’s known as retrograde menstruation. Retrograde menstruation leads to endometriosis in only 10% of women.
A woman’s monthly hormonal fluctuations cause endometrial tissue to grow and shed.
Problems arise when the body cannot expel this tissue through the vagina, and scar tissue and adhesions form causing inflammation, cysts and pain. Untreated endometriosis, especially in and around the fallopian tubes or ovaries, can lead to infertility.
In addition, endometriosis can cause the release of substances that may negatively affect ovulation, fallopian tube function, and fertilization and implantation of an embryo.
Identifying Symptoms of Endometriosis
Painful periods, chronic pelvic pain and cramping may signal endometriosis. Many women, however, present with no symptoms other than infertility.
Dr. Douglas will ask you to describe your symptoms to determine if further testing is warranted.Is your pain so severe that it interferes with daily activities or work?
- Do over-the-counter pain medicines ease the discomfort?
- Does sexual intercourse cause pain, burning or discomfort?
- Do you experience abdominal pain between periods?
- Do bowel movements or urination cause pain?
- Do you spot between periods, or have irregular periods?
Using Minimally Invasive Techniques to Diagnose and Treat Endometriosis
Mild to moderate endometriosis may not interfere with plans to get pregnant, but Dr. Douglas will want to rule it out in a fertility workup.
IVF Plano offers medical and surgical solutions, and Dr. Douglas can diagnose endometriosis, determine the severity of the disorder and treat it in a single procedure called laparoscopy.
If you experience the symptoms of endometriosis, you should see a fertility specialist before the recommended one year of trying to get pregnant. Contact our fertility center for answers. IVF Plano is experienced in diagnosing and treating endometriosis, as well as other common causes of female and male infertility.