Taking the Next Step Surgery to Treat Infertility

If patience or medical therapy hasn't helped to get you pregnant and if male problems have been eliminated, you may want to consider surgery. Fortunately, surgery is much easier and safer today than it was a couple of decades ago, even safer than a few years ago because of advances in anesthesia and tremendous development in technology and instrumentation for minimally invasive surgery.

Your doctor may suggest surgery to help you get pregnant because

1 You've had no success with simple treatments. 1 You've had long-standing, unexplained infertility. 1 You're older than 35, more so if you're older than 40. i Your doctor strongly suspects endometriosis.

i Other factors, like pelvic inflammatory disease, blocked tubes, fibroids, and adhesions may be present (suggested by your history or tests).

The vast majority of women can have outpatient surgery, although some cases require a hospital stay, especially if extensive adhesions, bowel involvement, or previous surgeries indicate a greater risk. Discuss the risks and benefits of any surgery with your doctor.

This section looks at the different surgical options to help you get pregnant. You can also check out Chapter 11, which gives you much more in-depth info about your surgical options and removing your endometriosis.

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