How does endometriosis affect fertility?
For women with endometriosis, problems are often multifactorial. Not only do they deal with significant pain, very uncomfortable heavy periods, and even bowel problems, but it’s also strongly associated with infertility.
What’s more, it’s a common gynaecological problem, affecting as many as 10 percent of women during their reproductive years (Priorities for Endometriosis Research: Recommendations From an International Consensus Workshop, Rogers PAW et al, Reprod Sci, 2009).
So, we often see women at our Perth fertility clinic asking about endometriosis and IVF and the chances of success.
Can IVF help women with endometriosis?
Today, endometriosis and IVF-related questions can be answered more comprehensively thanks to the large amount of information collected during IVF. The success rates of IVF for women with endometriosis have been found to be mixed. While IVF definitely has helped many endometriosis sufferers to conceive, the results are not as promising as they are for women without the condition.
Fertility specialists have learned that unfortunately abnormalities found in the embryo’s development in women with endometriosis is six times higher than in women without the condition. And we know that embryonic abnormalities are one of the major reasons why IVF is either unsuccessful or why women have miscarriages.
How endometriosis affects IVF success rates
How treating endometriosis can improve IVF success
The first step for women with endometriosis should be treatment by a fertility specialist. This can vary from pain medication to hormone treatment to surgery, which is what we recommend for women with multiple growths, severe pain, and infertility problems.
Our Perth practice is committed to identifying all the issues associated with your endometriosis and treating them thoroughly before carrying out IVF treatment. Taking all these factors into account, with the combined endometriosis treatment followed by IVF treatment, your chances of a successful pregnancy are greatly improved.
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