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Endometriosis: Effects On Fertility

Dr. Ayesha Azam Khan

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Endometriosis, a common issue among women seeking fertility assistance, is often overlooked or not promptly treated despite its debilitating symptoms like severe abdominal pain. This delay can indeed impact outcomes. Endometriosis occurs when uterine cells are found outside the uterus, causing inflammation and scarring due to cyclical hormone responses. It can affect various organs, including the ovaries, tubes, and uterus, leading to fertility challenges in 30-50% of women with the condition. Hormonal imbalances, chocolate cysts on the ovaries, and tubal adhesions hinder conception, while inflammation may directly harm eggs and sperm. Treatment goals include symptom relief, resolution of endometriosis, and increased fertility rates. Time is crucial, as the disease worsens with each menstrual cycle. Medical options involve hormone-blocking medications, but laparoscopy plays a vital role in diagnosis and treatment. Fertility treatments vary depending on the stage of endometriosis, with IVF often recommended for severe cases. Early diagnosis and treatment are key to improving fertility success rates. 

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Disclaimer: The contents of this article are intended to raise awareness about common health issues and should not be viewed as sound medical advice for your specific condition. You should always consult with a licensed medical practitioner prior to following any suggestions outlined in this article or adopting any treatment protocol based on the contents of this article.

Dr. Ayesha Azam Khan
Dr. Ayesha Azam Khan - Author Dr. Ayesha Azam Khan is a Gynaecologist, Obstetrician and IVF Consultant providing state of the art fertility treatment services to national and international patients. You can book an appointment with her through oladoc.com

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