Fertility Issues

By: - Women's Issues - August 8, 2011
endimetriosis fertility issues

At any given time during the course of the year, a number of American women ranging between five to seven million who are between thirty to forty years of age may be susceptible and suffer the effects of a dreaded disease known as endimetriosis.  This condition is typified by the presence of copy cat like cells that are typically found on the interior walls of the uterus growing on tissue outside of the uterus on tissue such as the Fallopian tubes, ovaries and on the pelvic cavity as well.  In extreme cases, these cells aren’t purged from the female system in the monthly cycle as with the cells that are inside the uterus are.  Rather, they are generally absorbed back into the physiology and make appearances in other areas of the body from the arms, the cranium, the lungs and intestinal walls.

Endometrisis may also affect other areas of the female body at or around the reproductive system such as attachments to old scar tissue, the bowels, bladder, vagina, the ulva and the cerix.  Endimetrisis therefore is one sign that the woman afflicted with it may have some issues with their reproductive systems.   Diagnosis of endometrisis isn’t difficult to ascertain, however the exploratory procedure as with other symptoms can generate pain in varying degrees.  Some women affected with endimetriosis suffer little or no effects while others endure extreme degrees of discomfort and pain especially during intercourse, bowel movements, urination, menstrual cycles, and other intestinal problems.

Women who are experiencing infertility as complication of endometrisis will often be advised to try the process of intrauterine insemination a means of insemination (or IUI as it is refered to in its anacronysm).  The comparative difference between the two most common methods of insemination, IUI or IVF has revealed that those women who have endometriosis and IVF are more likely to succeed in their efforts of pregnancy than those who elect to undergo Intra Uterine Insemination.  In reference to the symptoms and characteristics of endometriosis, the cells that line the areas outside of the uterus will produce a kind of toxin which will cover the area of the abdomen and organs in the pelvic region which includes as well the fallopian tubes and uterus and ovaries.  When a woman secretes the egg, it must pass through these toxic regions, rendering them incapable of being inseminated.  In remembering that every woman afflicted with endometriosis undergoes this issue with reproduction, if follows thus that a drug treatment to enhance the potential for insemination is a useless procedure.

This is not to say that endometriosis and IVF is the simple answer.  In spite of the process of IVF, women with endometriosis and IVF are less likely to become pregnant because of the hampering of egg development associated with endometriosis.  This is not to say that endometriosis and IVF is a moot alternative!  Through the administration of Ganadrotrophin  (GnRH) which is a drug designed to release crucial hormones over a period of about one half year prior to IVF, women who have endrometriosis and IVF are far more likely to have the sought after pregnancy than those with endometriosis and IVF without the prior Ganadrotrophin treatment.  Should a woman be diagnosed with endometriosis and who wants to conceive, IVF could be a viable alternative, however you should discuss the matter with your family physician and/or invitro fertalization specialist prior.  This is not to say that those who have the condition of endometriosis will never have children, rather that they are less likely to conceive owing to more hampered conditions.  These of course can be remedied, and one of the more sought after methods of conception owing to its high success rate is endometriosis and IVF.

Photo: IVF process and human egg cells – public domain photo – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Oocyte_granulosa_cells.jpg