You almost need to speak Latin to understand the puzzling disease of endometriosis. Let’s start with the name. “Osis,” part of the word endometriosis, means abnormal location. A woman with the disease will have tissue normally found within the uterine cavity (endometrium) growing on structures outside of the uterus.
The syndrome that causes problems for up to 50 percent of infertile women can be difficult to detect, and even harder to live with (when symptoms exist). In this short video, Dr. Lisa Hansard, one of our TFC fertility specialists, explains how endometriosis can cause infertility:
One problem with endometriosis making the diagnosis. You may have warning signs, like painful periods, pain during sex, or pain when you go to the bathroom. Or, your only symptom of endometriosis can be infertility.
Fertility surgery is often the only way to confirm a diagnosis. Here’s what Dr. Hansard is looking to find:
Chocolate cysts and other forms of endometriosis
Minimally invasive fertility surgery is really the only way to know for sure if endometriosis is causing your infertility. Surgery alone is sometimes all that you will need to improve your chances of getting pregnant.
Who is affected by endometriosis?
• Young women in their teens … and mature women
Managing endometriosis can help lessen the pain, and clear a path to pregnancy. Ask us about the TFC fertility treatment plan for diagnosing and deciphering the hidden problem of endometriosis.
Read more info on endometriosis here.
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