Endometriosis is a condition where tissue similar to the lining of the uterus (womb) is found elsewhere in the body, usually the pelvis. It is a benign (non-cancerous) but very painful condition, which is characterised by the presence of endometriosis deposits mainly in the pelvis (the ovary, areas around the womb, on the bladder and the intestines).
Endometriosis can cause pain and infertility, in fact it is one of the most commonest causes of infertility. There is a definitive link between endometriosis and infertility. Endometriosis is seen in about 20 to 25% of women referred to fertility clinics worldwide.
There is very good evidence that in women with endometriosis who are trying to get pregnant, a combination of endometriosis treatment and fertility treatment is often successful. Early detection and excision of endometriosis will often improve pregnancy rates. In other cases, intervention through intrauterine insemination-IUI of IVF may offer better success.
Mr. Shah and Mr. Gudi offer multi-disciplinary specialist endometriosis management at Fertility Plus, 112 Harley Street.