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July 28 - 2010 - All About Women Health Article -Endometriosis

Why Might Endometriosis Cause Infertility?
By Anna Short

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Why does endometriosis lead to infertility? The truth is that we do not know. It's a fact that many infertile women have endometriosis, and that many women with endometriosis have fertility problems. That fact, however, doesn't mean there is a causal link. It's possible there is no connection at all between endometriosis and infertility, and it's also possible that whatever causes endometriosis (another medical unknown) is also the cause of the infertility that often coincides with the disease.
Because of the statistical correlation between endometriosis and infertility, researchers have been and continue to be looking for a reason that endometriosis might cause infertility. There are a number of theories that are plausible and that we'll review here.
Adhesion Theory
Adhesions can form wherever endometrial implants (i.e. implants of uterine-lining tissue in locations other than the uterus) arise. These adhesions can change the shape of any reproductive organs upon which they appear. That means adhesion scars can block fallopian tubes or surround and close off ovaries. If fallopian tubes are blocked, fertilized eggs can be slowed or even prevented from moving down to the uterus for the implantation necessary for pregnancy. (In fact, a fertilized egg trapped in a fallopian tube can lead to an ectopic pregnancy, which can present serious risk to the mother if not addressed quickly.) If ovaries themselves are surrounded by adhesions or scar tissue, eggs cannot even leave the ovaries to reach the fallopian tubes where fertilization typically takes place.
Hormonal Imbalance Theory
Another common theory is that endometrial implants secrete hormones that can change the peritoneal fluid that surrounds the reproductive organs in the abdominal cavity. Such changes might prevent ovulation altogether, or slow an egg's movement from the fallopian tubes into the uterus. Significant hormonal or chemical changes might also prevent a fertilized egg from implanting into the uterus.
Until we are able to develop a further understanding of the relationship between endometriosis and infertility, medical specialists will use the above theories to determine the best treatment options for women looking to become pregnant.
Anna Short has developed expertise on infertility through a combination of personal experience and thorough research. For more great information on endometriosis and infertility, visit http://www.infertility-options-info.com

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