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Fertility Treatment for Endometriosis

Vicken Sahakian
18 Feb 2017

At the Pacific Fertility Center of Los Angeles, we offer a comprehensive range of fertility services to those who want to start a family, but are struggling with infertility.

An essential part of all fertility treatment programs offered at our center is patient education. Patients who have a deep understanding of how their bodies work and the conditions that are contributing to their infertility are more likely to achieve a successful pregnancy and feel more in control of their fertility journey than those who do not.

For instance, understanding common female conditions that can hinder a successful conception and pregnancy is the first step to gaining an accurate diagnosis. With clear understanding, proactive health management can also potentially minimize negative fertility impacts.

What is Endometriosis?

One of the most common health factors that can impact fertility is endometriosis, with it contributing to roughly one-third of all female infertility cases. Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue lining the inner uterine cavity grows outside of the cavity, most commonly on the ovaries or the fallopian tubes. 

In discussing fertility treatment for endometriosis during consultations at our Los Angeles and Glendale, CA center, Drs. Sahakian and Evans provide patients with all the information they need about their condition to make the most informed decision regarding their care. 

With endometriosis, patients are often surprised to learn that, while surgery is entirely possible, it is not generally recommended, even if the endometriosis is interfering with the chance for a successful pregnancy.

If you are having difficulty conceiving after months of trying, or if you have already been diagnosed with endometriosis and want to know your fertility treatment options, you can click here to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Vicken Sahakian or Dr. Michele Evans today.

Does Endometriosis Always Contribute to Infertility?

No, fortunately endometriosis does not always contribute to female infertility. In fact, many women with mild endometriosis have no difficulty whatsoever becoming pregnant and experience complication-free births. 

However, if the endometriosis is severe, it is more likely to contribute to infertility. Moderate to severe cases of endometriosis are common female infertility factors, and can be present in combination with other infertility factors. 

Thanks to modern medicine and assisted reproductive technologies, there are also multiple possible treatments available to women looking to improve their fertility or even improve their comfort if the condition is affecting it.

Fertility Treatments  Available for Women with Endometriosis

For women with particularly severe cases of endometriosis, surgery is a viable option. During the operation, the abnormal tissue is surgically removed via a laparoscopic procedure. This can help clear blockages of the fallopian tubes, which is common among women with severe endometriosis and one of the most common causes of infertility. 

However, after surgery, the chances of successful pregnancy may not increase significantly, and some studies have suggested that endometriosis surgery may have little to no effect on improving pregnancy rates. Some fertility specialists believe that endometriosis surgery may even reduce the odds of a successful pregnancy achieved through fertility treatments, such as in vitro fertilization (IVF).

This is why our fertility specialists generally advise women with endometriosis not to undergo surgery, unless it's to help with pain, and to simply undergo an IVF cycle. Pregnancy rates among women with moderate to severe endometriosis who undergo IVF are particularly good among women under 35 who produce good-quality eggs during ovarian stimulation.

Learn More about Fertility Treatment for Endometriosis

Receiving a fertility condition diagnosis can be distressing and hard to grasp. However, having mild to severe endometriosis often doesn’t imply that your fertility journey is unviable or without forms of easily administered treatments. 

Furthermore, our established doctors can provide you with honest and compassionate assessments of what treatments are the best fit to help you achieve a successful conception and pregnancy so you can grow the family of your dreams. To learn more about fertility treatments offered for endometriosis, and IVF in particular, you can contact the Pacific Fertility Center today.

Note: This is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Information provided is for general educational purposes only and is subject to change without notice. Speak to your doctor directly with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Any information contained herein does not replace any care plan as determined by a physician. 

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