What is endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a benign disease, in which endometrial tissue is present outside its normal place (inside the uterus). The endometrium is the lining of the uterus which thickens monthly in preparation for the implantation of an embryo. When pregnancy does not occur, it falls away and menstruation takes place.

When the woman menstruates, this ‘ectopic’ tissue bleeds and causes inflammation, pain, fibrosis and reproductive problems.

Might I have endometriosis?

There is up to a 50% chance that women who have reproductive difficulties may be suffering from endometriosis, so it is important to rule out this disease in patients who are sterile, above all, in patients who have period problems: lower abdominal pain, pain when having sexual intercourse and/or digestive or urinary complaints.

I have endometriosis. Can this affect my fertility?

Between 25% and 50% of patients are unable to achieve a spontaneous pregnancy.

This disorder can affect the ovaries, reducing both the quantity and quality of the eggs (the ovarian reserve), the functioning of the fallopian tubes (preventing the egg and the sperm from meeting) and the implantation of the embryo in the uterus.

What sort of fertility treatment is most appropriate for a patient with endometriosis?

Depending on the type and severity of the endometriosis, the time that the woman has been trying to conceive and her age; the choice is between either continuing to seek a spontaneous pregnancy or looking at different fertility treatments.

Comprehensive initial testing is fundamental

Our multidisciplinary team will carry out an initial assessment to determine the extent of the endometriosis using 3D vaginal ultrasound. Subsequently you will receive comprehensive advice about your individual case, and your chances of achieving a successful pregnancy.

If you have additional questions about this disease, you will find answers on our website, provided by our team of specialists. http://www.endometriosiscatalunya.com/

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