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How Can Surgery Help Infertility?

Your fertility doctor at NCCRM will help you determine whether non-surgical or surgical infertility treatments are best for your case. As always, getting a proper diagnosis should be your first step. The easiest way to accomplish this is to call NCCRM’s Raleigh office at (919) 233-1680 or for patients in Greensboro, Winston-Salem, High Point, or Charlotte areas at (336) 273-4490. We will help you schedule a consult with your personal, dedicated, NCCRM fertility specialists.

About Fertility Surgery Options

There are many causes of infertility. Sometimes there is a structural problem that can be treated surgically to increase chances of conception. Before undergoing fertility surgery, it’s best to consult with your board certified Reproductive Endocrinologist to learn everything you can about the procedures. Some common situations where surgery is required include thyroid surgery, as well as Endometriosis and scars where the sperm cannot reach the egg.

Thyroid

The thyroid is a small gland located in your neck. Its job is to control your body’s metabolism – the process through which your body converts what you eat and drink into energy – through hormones it releases. During pregnancy, increased demands from a developing baby can cause hypothyroidism for mothers. An over or under-active thyroid can impact healthy brain development in the fetus. If you have a family history of thyroid dysfunction, a personal or family history of autoimmune disease (related to thyroid function), ask your medical provider about testing your thyroid.

Endometriosis

The lining of the uterus is known as the endometrium. Endometriosis is a gynecologic condition where bits of tissue similar to the endometrium are located in areas of the body outside the uterus. They can appear anywhere in the pelvic cavity including: the ovaries, fallopian tubes, pelvic sidewall, and the uterosacral ligaments.

There is a strong association between endometriosis and infertility, but a true cause and effect relationship has not been established. However, we know infertility can result from the following:

  • Endometriosis lesions in the fallopian tubes cause scarring to the point of blockage, preventing sperm and egg interaction.
  • Ovarian cysts composed of endometriosis lesions (endometriomas, or “chocolate cysts”) impair egg production and ovulation.

The North Carolina Center for Reproductive Medicine is focused on providing exceptional care that is convenient and comforting. Our trusted doctors can help you find the best fertility treatment to fit your nee ds. In order to learn more, Visit Us Online Here or Contact Us Today!

 


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