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September 24, 2020
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Important Information On Infertility Surgery

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If you are trying to have a baby, you know that it can be difficult. Some women are fortunate enough to conceive naturally or through the use of medication. For other women, infertility surgery may be their only option. Here is some information you can use if you are one of the women in this second group.

Infertility can have many different causes. For some women, they do not produce the correct hormones in the proper amounts for their reproductive systems to work properly. They may fail to conceive or they may be unable to carry a baby to term. There are also couples who are dealing with infertility caused by the male partner and not the female partner. There may also be structural issues which result in a woman or a man being unable to contribute to conception.

One area where surgery can help a woman conceive is if there are issues with the structure of the fallopian tubes. When a woman suffers from certain medical conditions, her fallopian tubes can become scarred and this can cause the release of eggs to be released. If eggs cannot reach the uterus, they cannot be fertilized and this can be one main cause of infertility. As well, if a woman has had a tubal ligation and her tubes have been cut, she may need surgery to correct this issue.

Fallopian surgery is often performed using very small instruments that are inserted through a small cut in the abdomen. This minimizes the amount of cutting that must be done and healing that the patient must go through. Risks are minimal. Other than experiencing problems with anesthetic, women who have had laparoscopic surgery can experience tenderness and pain, swelling and a chance of infection at the site of the incision. When you consider that women often can expect a twenty to thirty percent chance of conceiving it is possible to see why women undergo this procedure.

Men may also undergo laparoscopic surgery to correct similar problems with their vas deferens. These are the tubes which carry sperm from the testes to the penis so that a man can inseminate his partner. If a man has scarring of these tubes because of disease or surgeries such as a vasectomy, he may be suffering from infertility. Also, abnormal growth and formation of blood vessels may lead to male infertility. Laparoscopy can help with these problems and may have risks similar to a woman's surgical risks.

Structural abnormalities in the uterus may be an issue if a woman can conceive but then suffers repeated miscarriages. There are a number of different medical conditions that can cause infertility. Many of these can be corrected surgically as well. Two main causes of infertility related to uterine structures and growth are endometriosis (an overgrowth of uterine lining tissues) and fibroids (growth of benign fibrous lumps in the uterus). There are surgical techniques which can correct these issues. Often a woman may undergo surgical examination to accurately diagnose what is happening, and then undergo more involved surgical procedures to correct the problems that are diagnosed. If a woman is undergoing laparoscopic examination, she will experience the same risks that fallopian surgeries do. Other surgical procedures have similar risks.

Women need to be aware that not all surgical procedures carry an equal chance of improving fertility. For example, a woman who is having endometriosis treated surgically may find that her level of discomfort is decreased but there may be no increased chances of conceiving. There may also be the chance of bleeding, pain and swelling with surgery to remove endometrial tissue. Fibroid removal may make more room for a baby to develop but scarring may be an issue and fibroids do tend to grow back in about fifty percent of cases.

If you have had your hormones tested and they are found to be within normal levels and testing detects that something is wrong with the structure of your fallopian tubes or uterus, you may be able to conceive if you undergo infertility surgery. However, there are risks. Some of these can be life threatening so making that decision should always be done in consultation with a specialist you trust.


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