Endometriosis Q&A with Dr. Amos E. Madanes
What is Endometriosis?
Since symptoms vary so much from woman to woman, endometriosis can be tough to diagnose. Dr. Madanes uses a laparoscope to view your pelvic area and biopsies any implants he finds to determine if endometriosis is present. If you do have endometriosis, you can get relief with medication or surgery.
What are the signs and symptoms of endometriosis?
- Excessively painful periods
- Bleeding between periods
- Painful bowel movements or urination
- Painful intercourse
Doctors classify endometriosis into four stages based on the location, extent, and severity of scar tissue and implants in your pelvic area. The stages are I–minimal, II–mild, III–moderate, and IV–severe.
Most women who have endometriosis either have the minimal or mild variety. Infertility can occur at any stage, as the exact causes of infertility with endometriosis — along with its precise relationship with fertility — is unclear. In severe cases of endometriosis, damage to the tubes or another pelvic organ can explain infertility, while milder cases of the disorder might cause infertility through an immune system response.
Can I get pregnant if I have endometriosis?
To improve fertility in more severe cases, Dr. Madanes may conduct surgery to remove lesions or use Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART), including intrauterine insemination (IUI) and in-vitro fertilization (IVF), to help women with endometriosis conceive.
You don’t have to suffer anymore. Dr. Madanes can help with the pain and discomfort of endometriosis. For a personalized consultation, call Midwest Fertility Center today or schedule an appointment online.