If you’ve been trying to conceive for a while and haven’t had any luck, you may be wondering if there’s something wrong with you. Believe it or not, there are several gynecologic conditions that can cause infertility, but also are treatable. In this post, we’ll briefly review a few of the conditions and treatment options. So, if you’re concerned about your fertility, read on!
Endometriosis is a condition in which the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus grows outside of the uterus. This can cause inflammation and scarring, which can lead to infertility. Treatment for endometriosis may include medication, surgery, or both.
PCOS, or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome, is a condition that can cause irregular periods, excess hair growth, and insulin resistance. PCOS is one of the most common causes of infertility. Treatment for PCOS may include medication, diet, and lifestyle changes.
Uterine fibroids are non-cancerous growths that develop in the uterus. They can cause heavy bleeding, pain, and infertility. Treatment for uterine fibroids may include medication, surgery, or both.
Uterine Septum is a condition in which the uterus is divided by a wall of tissue. It’s actual an abnormality that is present since birth and otherwise known as a Mullerian Anomaly. This can cause infertility by preventing implantation as well be the cause for recurrent miscarriages. Treatment for uterine septum may include surgery to remove the septum.
A Uterine Isthmocele is a defect on the lower uterine segment at the site of a C-section scar. This can result in menstrual blood accumulating inside the isthmocele leading to an inflamed uterine lining. The defect can be an obstruction to future implantation.
To repair this defect, a Uterine Isthmocele Resection is performed. During this procedure the isthmus, or middle portion of the uterus, is removed.
Hydrosalpinx is a condition in which the fallopian tubes are blocked by fluid. This can cause infertility and recurrent miscarriages. Treatment for hydrosalpinx may include surgery to remove the blockage.
If you’re struggling with infertility, don’t give up hope. While these gynecologic conditions may represent some of the causes of infertility, many of them are treatable. Once treated, fertility can often be possible. Are you struggling with one of these conditions and interested in exploring your options? Contact my office to schedule an appointment today!