Yenching Julie Hung, a Board Certified Fellow Specialist in Oriental Reproductive Medicine, specializes in IVF/IUI Support, Infertility Treatment, Fertility Enhancement, Reproductive Health, Women’s Health, Migraine, Sciatica, and Pain Healing. Julie Hung, a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), provides Acupuncture therapy and oriental reproductive herbal medicine to help natural conception and boost IVF success rate in the Sunnyvale, San Jose, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Santa Clara, Milpitas, Fremont, Cupertino, Los Altos, Campbell, San Mateo, Foster City, Portola Valley, San Ramon, Pleasanton, Los Gatos, and Silicon Valley San Francisco Bay area.
Endometriosis is one of the most common gynecological disorders affecting an estimated 5.5 million women in North America. The infertility rate of patients with endometriosis is 30%-50%. Both the cause of endometriosis and the way that endometriosis leads to infertility are still not clear yet.
Endometriosis is a condition where the cells that are normally found lining the uterus are also found in other areas of the body except the spleen. Endometrial tissues are usually within the pelvic cavity. Endometrial tissue can also be found in the ovary where it can form cysts, called 'chocolate' cysts. Endometrial tissue grows in the muscle layer of the wall of the uterus, called adenomyosis. These tissues which are outside of the uterus respond to the menstrual cycle in a way that is similar to the way endometrial tissue lining your uterus. At the end of every cycle, when hormones cause the uterus to shed its endometrial lining, endometrial tissue growing outside the uterus will break apart and bleed. However, unlike menstrual fluid from the uterus, which is discharged from the body through the vagina during menstruation, blood from the misplaced uterus tissue bleeding into the pelvis has no way to leave the body. This leads to pain and inflammation and may cause scar tissue (adhesions) formation on the reproductive organs as well and this can cause the reproductive organs to bind to the abdominal wall or to other organs leads to pituitary-ovarian dysfunction which leads to infertility.
The more common symptoms of endometriosis include: painful and/or heavy periods, painful sex, infertility, fatigue, problems when opening bowels. IVF studies show patients with endometriosis have lower female gamete fertilization rate and lower embryo implantation rate.
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