How does endometriosis affect being able to undergo techniques like IVF?

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For women with endometriosis undergoing techniques like in vitro fertilization (IVF), pregnancy success rates are usually good if the woman is relatively young (under 40) and if she produces enough eggs during the ovarian stimulation. However, studies of in vitro fertilization for women with severe
endometriosis do not all show similar results.
In vitro fertilization (IVF) and similar techniques offer a very good option for women with endometriosis. However, success rates of IVF in women with endometriosis are nearly half those of women with other reasons for their infertility. Just as with the whole fertility/endometriosis connection, however, experts still don't know exactly what is behind these lower success rates. One bright spot in this area (although the research is still preliminary) comes with intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI). In this procedure, a single sperm is injected into the egg, then the resulting embryo is implanted in the uterus. Two studies suggest success rates in women with endometriosis are similar to those in women without the condition.

This content originally appeared on HealthyWomen.org.

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Endometriosis

Are you one of seven million women in the United States with endometriosis? If so, you may also be struggling with infertility. Endometriosis is a female reproductive disorder characterized by pelvic pain, inflammation and vaginal ...

bleeding. This painful condition can affect any female of menstruating age, although it is more likely to run in families. If you experience abnormal bleeding or pelvic pain, talk to your doctor. While there is no known cause, and no known cure for endometriosis, treatments do exist, including medications and surgery to reduce symptoms and restore fertility.
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