Fertility Clinics Promote National Endometriosis Awareness Month

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Pain and infertility caused by endometriosis affects more than 6 million American women annually. Park Avenue Fertility aims to increase knowledge about this chronic disease during National Endometriosis Awareness Month.

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“Understanding how endometriosis can affect your fertility is important for family planning." says Dr. Levi, Founder and Medical Director of Park Avenue Fertility and Reproductive Medicine in Trumbull, Connecticut.

With March being dedicated as National Endometriosis Awareness Month, many health offices across the country are educating patients about this chronic disease that affects over 6 million women in the United States. While many women may not know they have endometriosis, in other cases pain, bowel discomfort, and infertility can result. Park Avenue Fertility is dedicated to helping relieve the symptoms of endometriosis as well as determine what methods are needed to treat related infertility.

Endometriosis is a chronic and often painful disease that affects women in their reproductive years. Lining that typically grows in the uterus during the menstrual cycle is found in areas outside the uterus, and can cause pain, scarring, damage or blockage to the fallopian tubes, hormone changes, and restriction to ovary function. The cause of endometriosis has not been determined, although many believe that during menses cells from the lining of the womb pass backwards into the fallopian tube and into the pelvis.

Any women can experience endometriosis, however, Caucasian women between the ages of 25-35 tend to have higher diagnostic rates than their African American and Asian peers. “Understanding how endometriosis can affect your fertility is important for family planning.” says Dr. Levi, Founder and Medical Director of Park Avenue Fertility and Reproductive Medicine in Trumbull, Connecticut. “National Endometriosis Awareness Month is an excellent way to educate those who are working on building their family and who think they may have endometriosis.”

Because endometriosis can cause distortion of the pelvis or blockage in the fallopian tubes, an estimated 35-50% of women with endometriosis experience some form of infertility. In most cases, women with mild to moderate endometriosis are able to conceive without assistance within three years. For the remaining women who are not able to conceive without assistance, surgical and medicinal methods may increase their opportunity to become pregnant.

Dr. Levi can help patients determine if they have endometriosis through a minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery. If patients decide to treat their endometriosis, during an out-patient surgery, Dr. Levi will remove scarring caused by inflammation. Removal of scar tissue can help improve fertility and reduce pain. Anti-inflammatory medication and certain prescriptive drugs have also shown successful results in managing pain or in some cases shrinking endometrial growths within the body. Usually, doctors recommend surgery for removing growth and medication to keep new growths stunted.

Park Avenue Fertility is focused on educating and empowering patients about their own fertility health. During visits to one of Park Avenue Fertility’s Connecticut offices, patients experience compassionate care and the most advanced technology available to help them achieve fertility. Dr. Levi, board certified in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility as well as Obstetrics and Gynecology, meets one on one with his patients to ensure each visit is personal throughout treatment. Park Avenue fertility offers a wide range of services from fertility treatments like In Vitro Fertilization and Intrauterine Insemination to testing including semen analysis and genetic diagnosis. To set up an appointment please contact their Fairfield office at 203-254-6000 or their Trumbull office at 203-372-6700.

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