Will Endometriosis Play a Role in My Fertility?

Endometriosis is a medical condition that affects 1 in 10 women of childbearing age in the United States. It is identified by the presence of tissue, similar to that in the lining of the uterus, throughout the pelvic region. Endometriosis is often viewed as a reproductive disease, but this condition can impact so much more than your reproductive system. Endometrial tissue can attach itself to your bladder, bowels, and other organs throughout your pelvic region, causing pain, bloating, nausea, and more.

Help for Endometriosis

Diagnosing and treating endometriosis is just one of the many comprehensive health services offered by One Oak Medical at its offices throughout New Jersey and in Staten Island, New York. One Oak Medical has specialists in such areas as foot and ankle care, venous care, cardiology, rehabilitation, and women’s health.

Dr. Aiman Shilad is an expert OB/GYN who practices in our offices in Wayne, Paramus, and Clifton, New Jersey. If you suspect you may have endometriosis, Dr. Shilad can diagnose and treat you, improving your chances of regaining your fertility to the point where no other specific fertility treatments are necessary for you to conceive.

Symptoms and signs of endometriosis

The main symptom of endometriosis is extreme pain in the pelvic region, particularly during your period. Many women experience painful menstrual cramps each month, but endometriosis pain is typically described as far more painful than menstrual cramps, and it grows stronger each month. The lower back, abdominal, and pelvic pain can go beyond the first few days of your period and occur throughout your monthly cycle.

Some other common symptoms of endometriosis are:

Let’s take a closer look at that last one: infertility.

Endometriosis and infertility

Because it can be difficult to determine whether you have endometriosis by your symptoms alone, many women don’t realize endometriosis is a problem until they attempt to start a family. For Dr. Shilad, the first step to diagnosing and treating endometriosis is often when a woman comes to see him after unsuccessfully trying to become pregnant.

Infertility related to endometriosis is a two-fold issue. First, the inflammation in the reproductive organs, caused by endometriosis, creates an unfriendly atmosphere for fertilization to take place. Inflamed tissues create enzymes that can attack both the sperm and the egg, preventing pregnancy.

Second, endometriosis can have a direct impact on your fallopian tubes, ovaries, and peritoneum, the membrane lining the pelvic organs. Because endometriosis causes inflammation, you may develop scarring on your fallopian tubes, tissue may block your ovaries, preventing ovulation, and your pelvic anatomy can become distorted, due to the buildup of endometrial tissue.

Endometriosis, left untreated, won’t get any better, nor will your chances of becoming pregnant. Surgical intervention is found to restore your fertility in many cases. Removal of the abnormal endometrial tissue often returns the pelvic organs to normal, greatly improving your fertility.

While endometriosis surgery isn’t a sure cure for your infertility, it is a step in the right direction. In addition to compromising your ability to conceive, endometriosis causes pain, and many other not-so-pleasant symptoms. These symptoms can interfere with your enjoyment of life. When your periods are so painful that you need bed rest, or you find intercourse too painful to be enjoyable, you need to put an end to endometriosis.

End your endometriosis

If you suspect you may have endometriosis, or you’ve been trying to conceive without success, One Oak Medical may be able to help. Endometriosis isn’t a sentence of infertility. Doctors believe roughly 60%-70% of women with endometriosis are fertile and can conceive, with minimal treatment.
Dr. Shilad is dedicated to helping women overcome the pain and suffering of endometriosis, and regaining their reproductive abilities. You can put an end to endometriosis. Contact One Oak Medical today.

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