How Endometriosis Impacts Pregnancy

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A board-certified psychiatrist, Shulamit Glaubach, MD, treats patients at her private practice in San Francisco, California. In addition to providing behavioral therapy utilizing a holistic approach, Shulamit Glaubach, MD, leverages her expertise to counsel couples struggling with infertility due to endometriosis.

In the United States, 11 percent of couples of reproductive age have experienced difficulty in conceiving a child or sustaining a pregnancy. Of this population, one-third of cases are related to female fertility issues, such as endometriosis. A woman diagnosed with endometriosis has clumps of tissue known as implants that grow outside the lining of the uterus in locations such as the abdomen or pelvis.

During a woman’s menstrual cycle, the tissue that lines the uterus, which is known as endometrium, thickens and breaks down. Subsequently, the body sheds it as blood.

However, in endometriosis, the blood does not leave the body. This results in irritation and pain that develops into scar tissue or cysts. Both limit a female’s chances of becoming pregnant.

Surgery has been typically implemented to rectify this condition in the past. Currently there are various alternative modalities that are not as invasive to help with fertility in those who suffer from endometriosis. Doctors may also prescribe fertility drugs with or without artificial insemination to help a woman conceive a child. With early detection and proper care, a woman may be able to become pregnant within three years.

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