Endometriosis can be difficult to diagnose due to symptoms shared with other conditions and varying types of the condition, such as silent endometriosis. Endometriosis is not fully curable, but its symptoms are treatable. Work with us at ReceptivaDx to overcome this challenge. Testing with ReceptivaDx can help identify inflammation that indicates endometriosis and highlight potential treatment options.
Identifying Endometriosis and Silent Endometriosis
There are multiple ways to diagnose endometriosis, including reporting symptoms to a physician. Possible symptoms include bloating, nausea, abdominal pain in the bowel or bladder areas (particularly during menstruation), and infertility. It is also possible to experience what is called “silent endometriosis.” In this case, one may not feel any of the painful symptoms and instead only have unexplained infertility or pregnancy loss. Knowing about this possibility may help potential patients seek diagnosis earlier. The ReceptivaDx test can be especially useful in cases of silent endometriosis. The test may offer a clearer picture of whether endometriosis is present when more obvious symptoms haven’t appeared.
Understanding the Condition
Endometriosis is a condition that causes uterine tissue to develop outside the uterus. With surgery, it is possible to remove this tissue. Because there is currently no known way to stop this growth from happening or recurring, endometriosis is considered a permanent but treatable condition. Separate treatments may be necessary for the different symptoms caused by endometriosis.
The more apparent and common symptoms of endometriosis, like pain and nausea, can sometimes be managed with everyday medicinal remedies, depending on whether other conditions are involved. If you are trying to get pregnant and have endometriosis, you can try using techniques such as intrauterine insemination (IUI) or in vitro fertilization (IVF). IUI treatment directly places sperm in the uterus, aiming to avoid possible tissue blockage. The more involved IVF treatment requires first removing viable eggs and fertilizing them with sperm outside the body. If the fertilized eggs become viable embryos, they are then transferred back to the uterus to have a chance for successful implantation.
Careful treatment informed by a ReceptivaDx test can increase a patient’s chance of pregnancy from 11% all the way to 59%. This five-fold increase in success rate can turn a near impossibility into a likelihood.
Learning More Through Testing
Diagnostic tests like ReceptivaDx are the first step to confirming endometriosis. The test works by identifying levels of BCL6, a type of protein. Heightened levels of this protein may indicate uterine inflammation related to endometriosis. Once identified, hormone treatment can help return BCL6 levels to desirable ranges. This can give IUI or IVF treatment a better chance of success.
Succeeding in Spite of Endometriosis
Although endometriosis is considered a permanent condition, treatment can make it manageable. Diagnostics like ReceptivaDx provide patients with information that can help them choose from the range of available treatments. Knowing which potential treatments can meet both medical and financial needs, it can be possible to reduce symptoms and achieve a successful pregnancy. Contact ReceptivaDx for more information on overcoming endometriosis and infertility.