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what is the role of assisted reproductive techniques such as in vitro fertilization (ivf) and gamete intra fallopian transfer (gift) in the treatment of infertility of patients with endometriosis?

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Dr. Michael Traub
18 years experience Fertility Medicine
Common: Ivf is very commonly used. In fact women with infertility and severe endometriosis often require ivf to become pregnant. Endometriosis can affect the tubes, the eggs, the uterus and can cause inflammation in genera. Gift is almost never used anymore for infertility treatment.
Answered on Jul 5, 2012
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Dr. Joshua Klein
15 years experience Fertility Medicine
It depends: If endometriosis has caused scarred/blocked tubes, ivf may be the only realistic option for conceiving. Otherwise, many (actually most) women will not need ivf to get pregnant (they can use fertility medications with or without artificial insemination, for instance).
Answered on Jun 27, 2013
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Dr. Frank Yelian
37 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Bypass the tube: Although it is not completely understood why endometriosis causes infertility, it is commonly accepted that the endometriosis may result in pelvic adhesion, and affect the tubal function. Because ivf bypass the tube, so it will help these patients.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016
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