The Hidden Truths of Endometriosis and Infertility – Why early diagnosis and treatment is key!

Endometriosis is a chronic condition in which the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus, called the endometrium, grows outside of the uterus. This tissue can attach to organs in the pelvis such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and even the bladder or colon and lead to inflammation. While may patients are aware of the main symptoms of endometriosis such as painful periods and bloating, may do not know that their infertility may be related to endometriosis as well. 
Through inflammation, endometriosis can cause blockage of tubes and scarring of the ovaries. In addition, the inflammation creates a hostile environment for the sperm and egg, making fertilization and a successful pregnancy less likely. Surgery to remove scar tissue and inflammation may improve pregnancy outcomes. 
A thorough evaluation and treatment of endometriosis prior to undergoing infertility treatment may be the best course of action in certain patients. If you are concerned your infertility may be related to endometriosis, schedule a consultation with one of our specialists today. 
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Womens Pelvic Surgery

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