Preserving fertility with specialized endometriosis treatment in Austin and San Antonio
Endometriosis may lead you to contact either an obgyn or fertility specialist. The symptoms can feel debilitating, or the inability to get pregnant may alert you to a problem. When you research your options for diagnosing and treating endometriosis, consider an endometriosis doctor in Austin who specializes in treatment that preserves or restores future fertility. A trusted source for women’s reproductive health in Austin since 1980—Texas Fertility Center also provides endometriosis treatment in Austin.
Explore Endometriosis Treatment in Austin at Texas Fertility Center
Your initial consultation will include a review of your menstrual cycles, pelvic ultrasound or other forms of imaging. Oftentimes, medication and dietary changes can control the symptoms. However, if you wish to become pregnant now or in the immediate future, you will need a proactive endometriosis doctor in Austin who also specializes in fertility treatment.
Endometriosis affects millions of women, many enduring painful symptoms, including:
- Low back pain
- Heavy menstrual flow
- Pain during intercourse
- Pain during urination or bowel movements (while menstruating)
- Severe menstrual cramps
Contact us if you are struggling with infertility or experiencing symptoms.
We Define Endometriosis as Displaced Endometrial Cells
The functional female reproductive system prepares the uterus to nurture a developing pregnancy by augmenting the uterine lining (endometrium) each month. The hormones estrogen and progesterone help to build this protective mucus membrane. If pregnancy does not occur, the body sheds endometrial tissue, rich in blood vessels, in a menstrual cycle. Endometriosis occurs when the body fails to flush this excess, and instead stores it as “implants” found in and outside the pelvic cavity.
Endometrial cells respond to estrogen no matter where they are found. When displaced, the clumps of tissue have no exit route and become problematic. Internal bleeding caused by endometriosis leads to pain, scar tissue, ovarian cysts and fluid-filled sacs in the affected areas.
In some cases, endometriosis causes infertility. Up to 50 percent of women experiencing infertility will have the underlying condition of endometriosis, according to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine.
Your reproductive surgeon will outline what’s involved with minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. The Texas Fertility Center gynecologic surgeons favor laser therapy to remove endometrial implants and scar tissue. A skilled surgeon performs this minimally invasive technique with the goal of protecting future fertility.
Read more here about the stages of endometriosis, and types of implants that cause infertility. We are most concerned with adhesions and scar tissue that may interfere with normal ovulation, fallopian tube access and embryo implantation.
Endometriosis is a perplexing syndrome, with no clear-cut treatment or answer as to why some women develop the disease. Women with endometrial tissue that grows outside of the uterus may need recurring treatment over their reproductive years from an endometriosis doctor in Austin.
Please contact our office to schedule an appointment to discuss your endometriosis treatment options in both our San Antonio and Austin fertility centers.