March is endometriosis awareness month, and our team is committed to continuing education about medical conditions that impact infertility. Endometriosis awareness is crucial to help the 1 in 10 women who are diagnosed each year – many of which have been previously misdiagnosed. Endometriosis is caused when the endometrial tissue (uterine lining) grows outside of the uterus and into other areas of the body. This misplaced tissue causes inflammation, scar tissue and adhesions. The physicians at South Jersey Fertility are pleased to explain 5 common misconceptions about endometriosis.
- Endometriosis only affects reproductive organs. Endometriosis is caused when the endometrial tissue (uterine lining) grows outside of the uterus and into other areas of the body. This misplaced tissue causes inflammation, scar tissue and adhesions in the pelvic area, as well as the stomach or bowls.
- Endometriosis doesn’t affect fertility. Endometriosis is in fact, a common cause of infertility. For those trying to conceive, IVF (In Vitro Fertilization) is one of the most successful fertility treatment options. There are also surgical procedures available to remove endometrial lesions, which can be used prior to beginning treatment.
- It’s easy to diagnose.
- Endometriosis is only painful during menstrual cycles. Although many women with endometriosis experience severe pelvic pain throughout their menstrual cycle, discomfort can be chronic and persistent.
- It’s curable. There is no cure for endometriosis however, doctors are able to provide relief to symptoms and help those suffering battle the uncomfortable side effects.
Creating awareness and education about endometriosis is crucial to encourage correct diagnosis and treatment plans for those affected by this chronic condition. If you are suffering from infertility caused by endometriosis, contact us today to schedule an appointment with one of our specialists.