National Endometriosis Awareness Month takes place around the world in March and provides a chance for educators, doctors, and community service providers to raise awareness about this often painful disease that effects more than 6 million women across the United States and millions more across the globe. Although many women attribute Endometriosis with painful cramps during menses, Endometriosis can also quietly affect fertility and bowel function without the typical painful warning signs. Park Avenue Fertility is focused on educating the community on the side effects of Endometriosis, how it can play a role in your fertility, and what you can do about it.
What is Endometriosis?
Endometriosis occurs when endometrial lining (a nutrient rich lining that covers your uterus in preparation for pregnancy) is found growing in places other than the uterus. Researchers haven’t discovered what causes these growths, however the common consensus is that during a women’s period, cells of the lining pass backwards into the fallopian tube and into the pelvis. Eventually this build up of cells can cause scarring, blockage or damage to the fallopian tubes, painful cramps, hormone changes, and can even limit ovary function. Some studies have shown that between 35-50% of women who have Endometriosis encounter some level of infertility.
Is Endometriosis Curable?
Unfortunately, currently there is no cure for endometriosis, but with surgical options and medication, many couples are still able to achieve their fertility desires. During a visit to Dr. Levi at our Fairfield, CT fertility clinic, Dr. Levi will explain your options for removing scarring or blockage. Using a combination of medication and surgery is recommended to remove scarring and prevent or slow re-growth after surgery.
How I Can I Improve My Endometriosis Symptoms?
While surgery and medication can help manage endometriosis symptoms, there are other steps you can take at home that may improve symptoms:
• Limit your intake of caffeine or alcohol- these beverages raise estrogen levels which can exacerbate the disease.
• Exercise often
• Keep your body weight in a healthy weight range
In cases where endometriosis has caused enough damage that eggs are not able to pass through the fallopian tubes, successful In Vitro Fertilization treatments have resulted in healthy pregnancies. Dr. Levi can help you determine what treatments will provide the most success for you personally. While there is no cure for endometriosis, understanding what may cause it and how it can effect both your quality of life and fertility is important for women who are in their childbearing years. To learn more about our fertility treatments and the award winning care we offer at our Fairfield or Trumbull, CT fertility offices, call us at 203-254-6000 or contact us through email at Administration@parkavefertility.com.