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Endometriosis and infertility are likely linked, though how is not presently known. Regardless, women who have endometriosis often have difficulty conceiving and women who are infertile often have endometriosis. For this reason, it's important to understand what endometriosis is so that you can determine as early as possible whether you might have this condition. It is a common condition and often "runs in the family."
What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a condition in which endometrium (the tissue that behaves like the cells lining the uterus) grows in areas of the body outside the uterus. This tissue growth can occur anywhere on the body, but is most commonly found in the pelvic area, outside of the uterus, and on the ovaries. This implanted endometrial tissue is known to cause pain, irregular bleeding, and possibly infertility.
What are the Typical Treatments?
Medications can be administered to control pain or to prevent the endometriosis from getting worse. Hormonal therapies, which are typically injectable medications, are designed to temper estrogen production in a woman's body which should relieve her of symptoms. There are many different types of hormonal therapies. These treatments cannot reverse any damage that has been done or get rid of any tissue that has already implanted. They simply try to relieve some of the symptoms or stop the endometriosis from getting worse. Surgery is the only way to actually get rid of the areas of endometrial tissue. For women with endometriosis who are also having trouble getting pregnant, laparoscopic surgery to remove obstructive lesions of endometrial tissue is often necessary.
Laparoscopic surgery is done by making a small incision in the abdomen, through which the doctor then inserts a laparoscope to see the internal organs. Carbon dioxide is pumped into the incision to blow up the abdomen so there is room for tools without risk to the internal organs. Then either through the same incision, or through another small incision, the doctor inserts a laser cutter or electrosurgical needle to destroy or remove all of the endometrial and scar tissue. General anesthesia is administered. There are risks and side effects associated with the surgery, but they are rare. The surgery is often referred to as "band-aid surgery" because the incisions are so small.
Endometriosis may result in infertility, but not in every patient. It greatly depends on the severity of the endometriosis. Laparoscopic surgery may help improve fertility. However, it is important to remember that having endometriosis does not mean that you will not have children. It may mean you will have more difficulty. Endometriosis and infertility may be linked, but they are not one and the same, and having one condition does not mean you have the other. Some patients with endometriosis have no problem getting pregnant at all.
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 where you may sign up for her free email course on secrets of infertility.
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