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Endometriosis Awareness Month 2023

By Dr. Jesús Alberto Félix Atondo

March is Endometriosis Awareness Month, when we take a moment to raise awareness about a condition affecting many women. Endometriosis is a common yet often overlooked gynecological disorder that affects 1 in 10 women of reproductive age.

 

Endometriosis can cause severe pain and discomfort, affect a woman’s fertility, and significantly impact her quality of life. Despite the prevalence of this condition, endometriosis remains widely misunderstood, misdiagnosed, and undertreated. Today our fertility specialists will discuss endometriosis, how it is diagnosed, and the treatments available to manage it.

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What Is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (endometrium) grows outside the uterus, usually on other organs within the pelvis, such as the ovaries, fallopian tubes, and bowel. This tissue responds to hormonal changes during the menstrual cycle, just like the endometrial tissue in the uterus. However, unlike the tissue in the uterus, this tissue cannot exit the body, causing inflammation, scarring, and adhesions in the surrounding tissues.

 

 

Which Are The Symptoms?

The symptoms of endometriosis can be different in every person. Some women with endometriosis may experience the following:

  • Painful periods
  • Chronic pelvic pain
  • Pain during sex  
  • Infertility
  • Depression or anxiety
  • Fatigue 

In some cases, there may not experience symptoms at all.  

 It can be challenging to diagnose because its symptoms are similar to those of other conditions, such as pelvic inflammatory disease, irritable bowel syndrome, and ovarian cysts. It is essential to seek advice if you are experiencing any symptoms.

 

Diagnosing Endometriosis

The diagnosis is commonly based on a combination of a patient’s medical history, symptoms, and physical exam. Imaging tests such as ultrasounds or MRI scans may also identify endometriotic cysts. However, the only way to definitively diagnose endometriosis is through laparoscopic surgery. This minimally invasive procedure allows the surgeon to visualize and remove endometrial tissue outside the uterus.

 

It is important to note that the diagnosis of endometriosis can be delayed for years due to the misconception that painful periods are regular. Women often dismiss their symptoms, believing pain is a natural part of menstruation. This delay in diagnosis can lead to severe consequences, such as infertility and chronic pain.

 

Treatment Options For Endometriosis

Many treatment options are available to address the symptoms and enhance a woman’s quality of life:

 

  • Pain medication. Pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen can help manage mild to moderate pain associated with endometriosis.


  • Hormonal therapy. Hormonal therapy, such as birth control pills, can help regulate a woman’s menstrual cycle, reduce inflammation, and relieve pain associated with endometriosis.


  • Surgery. Laparoscopic surgery is often used to remove endometrial tissue and any adhesions or scar tissue that may be causing pain or infertility.


  • Pain management alternative techniques. The treatment choice depends on the symptoms, the woman’s age, and fertility status. Non-medical management techniques can go from massage therapy to yoga to relieve pain and improve fertility. Discussing each option’s benefits and risks with a healthcare provider is essential. 

 

If you want to achieve your dream of starting a family, In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) may be recommended by our fertility specialists, IVF has helped many women with difficulty conceiving due to endometriosis.

 

 

What Is An IVF?

In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) is an assisted reproduction procedure. Unlike Intrauterine Insemination (where fertilization occurs directly in the woman’s reproductive system), fertilization occurs outside the woman’s body, in a laboratory, with sperm from the partner or a donor. As a result of fertilization, the best-quality embryo is selected and transferred to the uterus so the mother can achieve pregnancy.

 

How Much Does IVF Cost In Mexico?

IVF costs $7500 – 70% cheaper at The Fertility Center than in the US!

 

At The Fertility Center Mexico, we can help you overcome endometriosis to achieve your dream of starting a family. Our staff will stay at your side in every part of your journey; our Fertility Clinic Tijuana is pioneer in fertility treatments and are ready for your visit. If you want to become an egg donor in Mexico, contact us to schedule an appointment today! Write us via WhatsApp or leave us your phone number and email so that our specialists can contact you and provide you with the information you need about timed intercourse cycle, preimplantation genetic test in Tijuana, IVF cost in Tijuana and egg freezing Mexico.

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Dr. Jesús Alberto Félix Atondo

Gynecology, Obstetrics and Biology of Human Reproduction Surgeon at the Autonomous University of Guadalajara, specialist Biologist of Human Reproduction by the Mexican Institute of Infertility.

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