Learn how we provide high-quality care to women with endometriosis
Our Indianapolis fertility doctors help women overcome the discomfort and fertility challenges that endometriosis can cause. This condition can affect the ovaries and fallopian tubes, as it can cause the tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus to grow outside of it. This tissue growth can also cause cysts to form. The fertility specialists at our clinic use leading-edge technology to diagnose and treat this condition.
How we diagnose the symptoms of endometriosis
Many women go years without receiving treatment for this condition, as they believe the symptoms are a result of heavy periods. In some cases, women with this condition have no noticeable symptoms. An important step for women seeking treatment is knowing the most common symptoms.
- Strong menstrual cramps and heavy bleeding
- Lower back discomfort
- Painful urination or bowel movements
- Discomfort during intercourse
If a woman who is trying to become pregnant experiences some, or all, of these symptoms, we recommend that she seek treatment from our Indianapolis fertility doctors. During the initial consult, the doctor will review the woman’s medical history. This includes asking questions about her menstrual cycles and other fertility challenges. The doctor will likely order an ultrasound and may recommend a minimally invasive laparoscopic procedure.
Following the diagnosis, our team will work with the woman to develop a treatment plan that can help her feel better and achieve her family-building goals.
Common treatments that can help women overcome this condition
When a woman has endometriosis and is not ready to build her family, we often recommend certain medications, such as birth control pills, to treat this condition. However, our team has different recommendations for women who are trying to conceive.
Laparoscopy. We can use this minimally invasive procedure for diagnosis or treatment. The woman will receive anesthesia before the fertility doctor inserts a small telescope through a tiny incision in her abdomen. Next, they use specialized tools to remove endometrial implants and scar tissue that could interfere with conception.
Intrauterine insemination, or IUI. When laparoscopy does not lead to pregnancy, an IUI is typically the next step. Around the time of ovulation, a fertility doctor will use a catheter (a thin, flexible tube) to insert sperm from the woman’s partner or a donor into her uterus.
In vitro fertilization, or IVF. IVF involves the woman taking ovulation induction medications while undergoing frequent monitoring at our clinic. When enough eggs are mature, she has an egg retrieval procedure. Next, an embryologist fertilizes the eggs with sperm from the woman’s partner or a donor. The doctor then transfers one of the resulting embryos to the woman’s uterus.
Our Indianapolis fertility doctors provide high-quality care that helps women move past the fertility challenges of endometriosis and fulfill the dream of motherhood. Contact us for more information about our fertility services.