If you have endometriosis, you’re not alone. This condition affects hundreds of thousands of women worldwide and is one of the most common causes of infertility. Unfortunately, endometriosis is frequently under-diagnosed, and you may be diagnosed incorrectly before your reproductive problems are properly identified.
At The Fertility & Gynecology Center-Monterey Bay IVF in Monterey Bay, California, Dr. Edward J. Ramirez, MD, FACOG, is a board-certified OB/GYN and fertility specialist. Dr. Ramirez and his team of experts compassionately help you manage symptoms of endometriosis and your infertility concerns.
Treatments might include Intrauterine Insemination (IUI), sometimes called “artificial insemination.” Additionally, there are other procedures that have allowed couples to experience the joy of pregnancy after months or years of failed attempts to get pregnant.
Having endometriosis means that your body produces excess uterine cells in other parts of your body besides the interior of your uterus. During your period, your uterus flushes these cells out, shedding its lining. When the uterine cells grow somewhere else outside of your uterus, your body has no way to remove them. Instead, they remain in the body, possibly causing symptoms like painful lesions.
The uncomfortable and difficult symptoms of endometriosis include:
A primary resulting concern of endometriosis is infertility, which can disrupt your family and life plans.
When your uterine cells form on your ovaries or Fallopian tubes, they can prevent your eggs from releasing normally, or stop them from successfully reaching your uterus to create a healthy pregnancy. With the professional support of Dr. Ramirez, you might be able to conceive even if you have endometriosis.
March is National Endometriosis Awareness Month when we draw attention to this under-diagnosed and complicated condition, not to mention the impact it has on women and families. Endometriosis affects an estimated 10% of women. This condition is hereditary, so if one of your relatives struggles with endometriosis, you may as well.
If you've been having a difficult time conceiving, it’s important to know if endometriosis could be the cause. When you come in for an exam, Dr. Ramirez may order tests to confirm your endometriosis and identify any existing blockages. He then works with you to create a customized treatment plan tailored to your unique fertility and health care needs and your personal goals.
If you’re trying to conceive with endometriosis, conservative surgery to remove blockages may be helpful. To preserve your fertility, prompt treatment, and correct diagnosis go a long way.
Unfortunately, there is no permanent treatment for endometriosis. However, medications to alleviate the pain do exist. Laparoscopic surgery is another possible avenue for pain management. Dr. Ramirez may recommend Intrauterine Insemination. IUI is especially useful when sperm has difficulty reaching the egg(s). Dr. Ramirez and his staff typically perform these procedures even on the weekends for your convenience and comfort.
To learn about endometriosis and your fertility and family planning options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Ramirez at The Fertility & Gynecology Center - Monterey Bay IVF. Call the office or book an appointment online today.