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Pregnancy rates following treatment for endometriosis range from approximately 35 to 65 percent; however, the more endometriosis a patient has, the less likely she is to become pregnant following treatment. Medical or surgical treatment of mild endometriosis will not dramatically increase a woman's chance of becoming pregnant; however, women with severe endometriosis may improve their chance by undergoing surgical treatment. Infertility treatment for women with endometriosis usually involves ovarian stimulation and intrauterine insemination, followed by IVF and GIFT if necessary. Unfortunately, ovarian stimulation and intrauterine insemination are often unsuccessful in women with severe endometriosis, especially if the pelvic anatomy is very distorted. However, pregnancy rates using IVF and GIFT are usually good if the woman is relatively young (under 40) and if she produces enough eggs during the ovarian stimulation.

Support

Women who suffer from endometriosis may find advice, information, and help from support groups who specialize in endometriosis. The Endometriosis Association is a self-help organization of women with endometriosis and others interested in exchanging information about endometriosis, offering mutual support and help, educating the public about the disease, and promoting research. Another support group, Endometriosis.org, facilitates collaboration and information sharing between women with endometriosis, clinicians, and scientists.

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