How Do You Conceive With Endometriosis Issues?

For women affected by endometriosis, finally getting a diagnosis can be both daunting and a relief. Daunting because it can affect your fertility, but a relief because you have some answers regarding your medical condition, and you can start with a treatment program. Still, with a diagnosis, you may wonder how you conceive with endometriosis issues? The answer is complex, and a good doctor will help you conceive while treating your symptoms. Most women can still conceive with endometriosis; it may just take a little longer.

How Severe Is Your Endometriosis?

Endometriosis can affect various organs within the pelvic cavity. Some women may have endometriosis on their ovaries or fallopian tubes, which is the most common cause of endometriosis-related fertility issues. The best way to proceed is with a thorough diagnosis to assess the depth, spread, and location of the endometriosis. THIS CAN BE DONE USING EXPERT ENDOMETRIOSIS ULTRASOUND. With this knowledge, the doctor can decide the best treatment. They may attribute your endometriosis-related reduced fertility to scar tissue, adhesions, inflammation, ovulatory disorders, and distorted anatomy within your reproductive organs, amongst other issues.

Doctors can suggest a variety of endometriosis treatments depending on your needs. You may be prescribed painkillers to manage the pain, hormone treatments to slow the growth of the endometriosis, a laparoscopy to remove the endometriosis tissue. If your bowel is severely affected by endometriosis, they may have to remove some of your bowel.

Tell Your Doctor You Want To Conceive

If your doctor doesn’t already know that you want to conceive a child, you should discuss this before you begin treatment, as this may impact the type of treatment your doctor wants to pursue. Even if you aren’t planning to fall pregnant soon, it’s still worth noting. There are various hormonal treatments which can be very helpful in reducing the spread of endometriosis but depending on the type of hormone treatment you and your doctor choose, this may affect your fertility.

How To Improve Your Chances of Conception With Endometriosis

Alongside the treatment your doctor suggests to manage your symptoms, there are various other ways to improve your chances of conception. Some of these methods can be practised at home; other assisted fertility treatments must be conducted with the aid of a fertility specialist.

Improve your fertility at home by:

  • Maintaining a weight which is healthy for you
  • Eating a nutrient-dense diet
  • Engaging in moderate exercise every day
  • Making sure you get enough sleep

Medical treatments to improve fertility:

  • Intrauterine insemination (IUI) – fertility drugs are taken in conjunction with inserting sperm into the womb during ovulation
  • In vitro fertilisation (IVF) – the eggs are removed and fertilised outside the body, then transferred into the womb.

If you have endometriosis and want to conceive, it is essential to get an accurate diagnosis and begin treatment with the help of a qualified specialist. There’s no reason to suffer through your symptoms or struggle with your fertility if there is a safe alternative.

The team at OMNI Ultrasound and and Sydney Endometriosis works closely with Dr Nikhil Patravali at Monash IVF to ensure your fertility plan is individualised; depending on your symptoms, location and extent of your endometriosis.

OMNI Ultrasound & Gynaecological Care

Condous performs Advanced Endosurgery procedures for women needing intervention for pelvic masses, adnexal pathology, severe endometriosis or hysterectomy. He also runs ‘Hands on’ Live Sheep Laparoscopic Workshops for gynaecologists at Camden Veterinarian School.
Having completed an undergraduate degree with the University of Adelaide, he left Australia in 1993 and moved to London where he completed his training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. From 2001 to 2003 Condous worked as a Senior Research Fellow at St George’s Hospital, London. At St George’s he set up the Acute Gynaecology Unit, the first in the United Kingdom. It was also during this time that he developed an interest in Early Pregnancy and especially the management of pregnancies of unknown location (PULs). Condous has developed many mathematical models for the prediction of outcome of PULs which have been featured in numerous peer review journals. In 2005, he returned to Australia where he completed his Laparoscopic Fellowship at the Centre for Advanced Reproductive Endosurgery, Royal North Shore, Sydney.

Condous was appointed as a Consultant Gynaecologist and Senior Lecturer at Nepean Hospital in 2006 and soon was made Associate Professor. In 2010, he was made Departmental Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Nepean Hospital. He obtained the MRCOG in 1999 and was made FRANZCOG in 2005. In 2009, he was awarded his Doctorate in Medicine (MD), University of London, for his thesis entitled: “The management of pregnancies of unknown location and the development of new mathematical models to predict outcome”.

Condous has edited three books including the “Handbook of Early Pregnancy Care”, published over 100 papers in international journals and is internationally renowned for his work in Early Pregnancy. He is the Associate Editor for Gynaecologic Obstetric Investigation, which is a European based journal, as well as the Australasian Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine (AJUM). He is on the organising committee and is an invited speaker at the International Society of Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (ISUOG) Scientific meeting in Sydney 2013. His current research interests relate to the management of ectopic pregnancy, 1st trimester growth, PULs and miscarriage and the use of transvaginal ultrasound (in particular sonovaginography, to predict posterior compartment deep infiltrating rectovaginal endometriosis).Condous is also actively involved with post-graduate education including the annual running of the Early Pregnancy and Gynaecological Ultrasound Interactive Courses for Sonologists, Radiologists, Sonographers and Gynaecologists in Australia.