Getting Pregnant with Endometriosis: Can a Laparoscopy Help?

March is International Endometriosis Awareness Month, aiming to shed light on the most common cause of infertility in women. Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue that usually lines the uterus grows outside the uterus, causing often severe pain and scar tissue on the surrounding organs. Even though 30% to 50% of women experiencing infertility can contribute their conception difficulties to endometriosis, this disorder is notoriously difficult to diagnose and even harder to treat.

In truth, the only way for a woman to determine with certainty that she has endometriosis is through a laparoscopy, a minimally invasive surgery in which a small telescopic camera is inserted near the belly button. This camera allows healthcare professionals to actually see the tissue growing where it shouldn’t, giving them the ability to take the next step and attempt to remove the offending tissue. Interestingly enough, this procedure can help improve a woman’s chances of conceiving.

When a physician makes a firm diagnosis of endometriosis, they then give the woman a “score” detailing the severity of their condition. Stage 1 endometriosis is mild, whereas stage 4 is severe. Depending on your score, your surgeon can determine how to remove the endometriomas causing you pain. According to the ASRM, with mild or moderate endometriosis, a laparoscopy has been proven to improve your chances of conceiving naturally; for more severe cases, this procedure can help your ovaries and fallopian tubes to return to normal function as your pelvic anatomy is repaired.

As with most infertility treatments, laparoscopy is not guaranteed to help you get pregnant. It can, however, help your body get on the right track. The ASRM clearly states that “there is a limit as to how much surgery can improve fertility rates.”     Your case is unique, and you should thoroughly discuss your options with your physician.

Unassisted conception isn’t an option for every couple. For those women who struggle with infertility caused by endometriosis, egg donation is an option worth considering. First Smile Egg Donation can help you find an egg donor in Chicago to help you grow the family you’ve always dreamed of. To learn more, call 847-656-5276 today and speak to a caseworker.