When a patient struggling with infertility tests positive for BCL6 using the ReceptivaDx test, it is most often associated with endometriosis. There are a few different treatments protocols for endometriosis in these situations. Here is what patients should know about BCL6 and endometriosis:
There are several different ways that doctors treat endometriosis affecting the uterine lining and causing infertility. Definitive diagnosis and treatment can be done by laparoscopic surgery. The less invasive approach is hormone therapy.
This surgery is minimally invasive and is done under general anesthesia. The tool used by surgeons looks like a small tube with a light at the end of it with a camera attached. This gives the surgeon a view of the endometriosis. This same tool can be used to diagnose and then treat endometriosis. Surgeons remove the endometriosis and once removed, the chances of a successful pregnancy becomes much higher.
Another common treatment is hormone therapy. While there are several different types of hormone therapy only one is currently recommended to prep a patient for IVF transfer with published studies to show its effectiveness
- Gonadotropin-releasing Hormone (Gn-RH) Agonists and Antagonists: This hormone therapy treatment lowers the production of hormones which causes the endometrial tissues to shrink.
Patients testing positive for ReceptivaDx who undergo 60 days of Gn-RH, usually Depot Lupron, have a 5x increase in probability of achieving pregnancy compared to no treatment.
Different Types of Endometriosis
Many women experiencing Endometriosis may not even be thinking about fertility. The objective then becomes pain management, The actual diagnosis and assessment of endometriosis can be categorized into different types by location and by severity. The location and severity can determine which treatment is right for a patient.
Superficial Peritoneal Endometriosis: This type of endometriosis is one of the least severe. This is when endometrial tissue attaches itself to the peritoneal membrane. This membrane lines the pelvis, abdomen, and other organs in the same area.
Endometrioma Endometriosis: Endometriomas are cyst-like structures that can be found in the pelvis, abdomen, and ovaries. They can grow large enough to make fertility unlikely.
Deeply Infiltrating Endometriosis (DIE): Growth of DIE can occur in many areas, including the ovaries, rectum, bowels, bladder, and more. This is a rare type of endometriosis and may cause scarring or bonding of the organs together.
Abdominal Wall Endometriosis: This type of endometriosis attaches itself to the abdominal wall. This can happen after a C-section on the surgical incisions as well. It can be asymptomatic and less severe than other forms.
The stages of severity are based on the severity of endometriosis. To find which stage a patient is in, doctors may look at the location, the affected area, the adhesion, and the tissue implants.
The first stage may be considered less severe because there are slight adhesions and fewer superficial implants.
In the second stage, the implants are deeper and the adhesions are more firm.
The third stage of endometriosis may have deeper scarring, firm lesions, and small ovarian lesions.
Stage four can be more severe in all aspects. This includes deeper implants, several dense adhesions, and more scarring.
When patients find out which type of endometriosis they have, it can be easier to find out what type of treatment is available to them and which works best.
BCL6 and Endometriosis
ReceptivaDx is a test specifically for fertility patients looking for answers to a diagnosis of unexplained infertility, recurrent pregnancy loss, or failed IVF. We test for the presence of BCL6 in the uterine lining. If found, BCL6 is an indicator of inflammation that is highly associated with endometriosis. Before ReceptivaDx, potential IVF patients would go through 3 or more transfers with many never getting pregnant and many never even knowing that undetected endometriosis was the cause of their infertility. With our testing, results come within five to six days and can give patients a quicker route to success. The more you know about the potential causes of infertility, the better equipped you will be to find a treatment plan that is right for you.
At RecpetivaDx, we want to assist potential IVF patients in getting the help that they may need. Contact us today about the test and to learn more about your options for infertility treatment.