Endometriosis by definition is the presence of the lining of the uterus (endometrium) growing outside the uterus. This glandular lining may implant itself on the ovary, tubes or ligaments of the pelvic floor and begin to grow. These implants respond to the hormones of a menstrual cycle in the same way the lining of the uterus does, and their presence can have an affect on fertility. At Fertility Tasmania we are very experienced in diagnosing and treating endometriosis in order to give you the best chance at a successful pregnancy. It is important to note that Endometriosis causes problems in approximately 30% of infertile women and approximately up to 5% of fertile women.
Symptoms of Endometriosis may include;
- Pain – pelvic, period, ovulation, and pain during sexual intercourse.
- Heavy or irregular menstrual cycles.
- Premenstrual symptoms such as mood swings.
Diagnosis of Endometriosis
The definitive diagnosis of endometriosis by one of our Fertility Tasmania Specialist’s is made by visual identification involving a laparoscopic procedure.
Treatments if trying to conceive include;
- Surgical removal: This involves the excision of or destruction of glandular lining deposits.
- IVF: Is possible before or after surgical management for endometriosis
- IUI: Is an option before or after surgical management for endometriosis
- Hormonal Medications: These can shrink the glandular lining deposits and can be used for a short while prior to commencing IVF or IUI.