Endometriosis affects about 10% of reproductive-aged women. The condition occurs when the tissue of the uterine lining grows outside of the uterus, which can form cysts or cause scarring. Most common among women in their 30s and 40s, endometriosis can be frustrating, painful, and may make it harder to become pregnant. Although endometriosis is commonly associated with infertility, its causes are unclear. Studies indicate that a combination of factors may lead to this chronic condition and that women with endometriosis have lower pregnancy rates than women who do not suffer from the disease.

Endometriosis can have a tremendous impact on a patient’s daily life. At Vios Fertility Institute, we understand that addressing these physical and emotional challenges requires a personalized approach to care.

Our Personalized Approach to Treating Infertility in Endometriosis Patients

At Vios, we understand the tremendous impact that endometriosis can have on your daily life as well as the physical and emotional challenges that come with this chronic condition. Addressing these complex needs requires a personalized approach to care. Our compassionate team of fertility experts understands these challenges. The Vios philosophy is to approach each patient as an individual needing customized care in a welcoming and reassuring atmosphere. We are committed to your ongoing care and recovery and will support you through every aspect of your fertility journey to help you achieve your family building goals.

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Symptoms

Because this condition can cause chronic pain and complications, it’s important to see a fertility specialist if you experience symptoms, even if you are not planning to become pregnant. Women with endometriosis may experience painful periods, pain with intercourse or bowel movements, heavy or irregular bleeding, or other symptoms. You may also be at higher risk if you started your period early, have short cycles (less than 27 days), your period lasts longer than 7 days, or endometriosis runs in your family. Some patients may also experience no symptoms with endometriosis, making regular gynecological exams even more essential for early detection. Contact us for more information or to schedule an appointment at one of our convenient locations.

Diagnosis

Endometriosis can be difficult to diagnose because symptoms may appear to originate from alternative causes. The first step in the treatment journey is a physical and pelvic exam. At Vios, we provide a comprehensive review of your medical history, diagnosis, and personal reproductive goals so that we can help you evaluate treatment options. When required, Vios also offers imaging services using advanced technologies to diagnose endometriosis and identify the best path for treatment. Surgery to see the endometrial cysts may also be used to confirm this diagnosis. Throughout this process, our fertility specialists will work with you to customize a care plan that is focused on your individual needs.

Treatment Options

Several effective treatment options can help you manage the symptoms of endometriosis and improve your chances of becoming pregnant. At Vios, our fertility specialists will work with you to help you understand your options and determine the best course of treatment.

Factors that help to determine your treatment plan include the severity of your condition, areas affected, your age, length of infertility, and symptoms, as well as your personal reproductive plan. Treatment may include medication, surgery, or both. 

Medication Treatments
When pain is the primary problem, medication is usually recommended for symptom management. Pain relievers used to treat endometriosis can include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). Hormonal therapies, such as oral contraceptives (birth control pills), are an alternative option to manage pain symptoms for patients not immediately seeking to become pregnant (since these medications prevent ovulation). Our Vios fertility specialists will collaborate with you to consider risks and benefits to determine the right treatment to help you achieve your personal reproductive goals.

Surgical Options
Surgical treatments may reduce pain symptoms for patients with endometriosis and can improve fertility. Usually performed through laparoscopy, surgical treatments aim at removal of the endometrial cysts. Following surgery, most patients experience pain relief, however, in some cases, pain can come back.

Complete Care throughout Your Treatment Journey
Because the effects and pain of chronic endometriosis can persist (even after surgery) our comprehensive approach to care supports patients beyond treatment to address ongoing needs in order to give you the best chance of recovering from endometriosis while at the same time helping you to achieve your family building goals.

Affording Treatment and Financial Guidance

For patients who require endometriosis treatment, understanding both the cost of care and your insurance benefits can be confusing. At Vios Fertility Institute, we believe everyone should have the opportunity to start a family. We offer a variety of affordable care programs to make testing, treatment, and family planning more affordable so you can worry less about cost and focus on your future family. Our financial and insurance counselors will help you assess your coverage and options to help you make informed decisions that best utilize any insurance benefits and exhaust other available support options. Visit our financial FAQs for more details. 

Contact us to learn more about treatment options or schedule your consultation today.