24 Mar Endometriosis, Fertility, and Pregnancy
Do you have endometriosis? If yes, it could affect your fertility future. Endometriosis is one of the leading causes of a female. Approx. 40% of women with endometriosis experience infertility when they’re ready to conceive. Best gynecology doctor in Delhi, Dr. Usha M Kumar spotlight on Endometriosis. Read on!
What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is diagnosed when a woman’s endometrial lining, the uterine lining that thickens during your menstrual cycle and is shed during your period if no fertilized egg implants there are found in the abdominal cavity. However, most women with endometriosis grow endometrial cells or tissue on their ovaries or outside the uterus – and this can cause significant discomfort or pain during her period.
Symptoms of endometriosis include:
- Excessively long periods, heavy periods, or spotting in between periods
- Difficulty getting pregnant
- Pain or discomfort during intercourse
- Painful cramps before or during your period
- Discomfort urinating or difficulty with bowel movements, endometriosis usually affects the fallopian tubes and uterus.
Some women with severe endometriosis have no problem getting pregnant; others who’ve never had symptoms of endometriosis are diagnosed when they are not able to conceive.
Why does Endometriosis cause Infertility?
Scarring is the cause of infertility for women with endometriosis who have difficulty getting pregnant. In few cases, scarring in a fallopian tube makes it impossible for an egg to meet the sperm. While in other cases, uterine scarring can be so severe that it compromised a fertilized egg’s ability to implant or grow in the uterus.
Over time, severe scarring can permanently alter the anatomical structure of pelvic organs or can severely damage them.
Diagnosis and treatment for Endometriosis
Endometriosis is usually diagnosed on a patient’s menstrual history and confirmed through ultrasound or laparoscopy. Laparoscopy is a procedure that allows us to get a close-up view of the pelvic organs to observe any endometrial tissue, we also use laparoscopy to perform surgical treatment when needed.
The good news is that once diagnosed, you and your doctor can start the discussion about the best treatment method for your age and future fertility plans.
If you are not ready to have children
Women who aren’t quite ready to have children have multiple options such as oral birth control pill. This is one of the simplest and effective treatments for women with endometriosis. It regulates your cycle and minimizes the amount of endometrial tissue that develops inside and outside the uterus. The doctor will recommend a laparoscopy to remove existing scarring and blockages if you have severe endometriosis or scarring.
If you are trying to have children
Surgery is typically the first method of treatment to remove any scarring, blockages, or correctable abnormalities when endometriosis causes infertility. If this doesn’t work, you should seek help from a fertility specialist who can provide a personalized fertility treatment.
Don’t keep irregular or painful periods a secret. Endometriosis can often be a very misunderstood medical condition. Visit Dr. Usha M Kumar, the best gynecology doctor in Delhi. She can provide relief and protect your future fertility.