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Endometriosis and Your Fertility

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The Endometriosis Fertility Index (EFI) is a new way to determine your chances of getting pregnant each month.

by FertilityAuthority.com

It took you years to figure out that your painful periods were the result of endometriosis, a disease that affects more than 7 million women worldwide, according to the Endomentriosis Association. Now all you want to know is how it will affect your chances of getting pregnant. An enigmatic disease that involves the abnormal growth outside the uterus of tissues found normally inside the uterus, sufferers generally experience severe pelvic pain, irregular bleeding, and infertility. Although there is no “cure" for endometriosis, treatment usually involves surgery, pain medication, and hormone therapy.

Now there is a way better to understand how you can manage the disease and your fertility. Doctors at Fertility Physicians of Northern California in Palo Alto, have developed a new system for determining the stage of the disease, the best course of treatment, and a better way to predicting your chances of getting pregnant in any given month. Created by data collected from 801 patients diagnosed with the disease, the doctors developed the Endometriosis Fertility Index (EFT) using statistical analysis and mathematical modeling in order to create a common language for understanding how the disease affects individual women. Unlike other staging indexes, says Dr. David Adamson, one of the EFI’s creators, the EFI takes into consideration such as age, the effects of surgery, years of infertility and whether or not you’ve been pregnant before.

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At our practice, we see a lot of patients who either didn't realize they had endometriosis or didn't realize how much of a factor it was in their infertility experiences. Thanks for the enlightening article.


January 20, 2010 - 6:59am
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