Endometriosis and IVF
Hi. I have been diagnosed with endometriosis and more recently polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). I have a severe form of endometriosis and following a recent MRI scan was told that my uterus, ovaries and other parts of my body down there are just one big sticky mess. I also have a condition called “kissing ovaries” as a result of the endometriosis. This is where your ovaries are effectively kissing because of all the scar tissue wrapped around them.
I went for my first IVF consultation a few days ago with a local NHS clinic. The doctor told me to go straight into IVF treatment without removing the endometriosis from my uterus and tubes. She added that because of my PCOS, any surgery may end up damaging my ovaries.
I was surprised by this as I thought the best thing to do would be to remove all the endo before having IVF. I can understand the PCOS on my ovaries and not wanting to damage them.
Surely by removing the endo this means the egg has a better chance of surviving with no scar tissue in the way?
Has anyone received similar advice? I’m super dubious about it as all I’ve heard from others who have endo is that they get it removed before contemplating IVF.
I have a follow up consultation in Feb with my local endo clinic but just wanted to get an opinion on here. Thanks!