Does Endometriosis Cause Infertility?

Endometriosis, a condition in which the uterus lining expands outside the boundaries of the uterus, has the potential to cause infertility.  This uncomfortable medical condition impacts less than 10% of the female population. Yet it has the potential to cause infertility in upwards of half of those diagnosed with the disorder. 

If you are struggling to reproduce due to endometriosis or another condition, we are here to help.  We provide Melbourne IVF, fertility treatment, fertility tests, and artificial insemination.  Here’s a quick look at the impact of endometriosis on fertility from the reproductive specialists at Viera Fertility Center in Melbourne.

Why Endometriosis can Cause Infertility

The extended growth of the lining of the uterus is the primary reason why endometriosis leads to fertility issues.  However, there is still reason for hope. Several treatments are available to help women with endometriosis bring a child into the world.  The lining of the uterus becomes that much thicker as the body naturally adjusts for the growth of an embryo. 

The endometrium lines the uterus, serving as a safe bastion for the fertilized egg.  The excessive growth of the uterus lining occurs within the pelvic area near or even atop the ovaries.  However, there is also the potential for endometriosis to develop at other nearby body sites. 

There is still some confusion and disagreement within medical and academic communities as to the specific connection between endometriosis and infertility.  It is likely that scarring and the formation of adhesions within the uterus compromise the conception process, leading to infertility.  However, what is so unique about endometriosis is that it can lead to infertility in individuals who do not have clear obstructions.  In other words, endometriosis has the potential to interfere with pregnancy without obvious notice.

How to Identify Endometriosis

If you are trying to get pregnant or simply concerned for your health, it is important to know the common signs of endometriosis.  The most common symptoms of endometriosis include: irregular period cycles, uncomfortable periods, discomfort during sex, pain in the pelvis, spotting in between period cycles and/or heavy periods.

You might not know you have endometriosis until undergoing an infertility evaluation.  There is no single reason why endometriosis occurs in women. However, the medical community has reached a general consensus in regard to the suspected causes of the disorder.  Women with endometriosis tend to have a hormonal deficiency that makes it difficult to maintain and carry out a pregnancy.  Endometriosis can also develop within the fallopian tubes, ultimately impeding the sperm and egg.   

The Importance of Endometrial Tissue

The uterus tissue is of particular concern when it expands outside the uterus. There is also the potential for the tissue that lines the uterus to change in response to hormonal alterations.  In short, the tissue can bleed and move outward during different segments of the menstrual cycle.  The end result of the excessive endometrial tissue growth is the generation of adhesions that have the potential to connect organs to one another and the formation of uterus scar tissue that prevents impregnation.

Contact Viera Fertility Center Today

Our fertility specialists are here to help you bring a child into the world.  We specialize in reproductive medicine with a focus on fertility treatments and testing.  If you are having difficulty reproducing, don’t lose hope. We are here for both men and women with reproductive issues and couples who struggle to conceive.  Reach out to our team today at 321.751.4673 to find out more about how our fertility specialists can help you build the family you’ve always hoped for.