The impact of endometriosis on infertility

Link Endometriosis affects 10 percent of women of reproductive age, yet the condition remains one of the most neglected and underfunded fields of research in gynecology ...

... the statistical association between endometriosis and infertility is beyond dispute. One well-cited study found a higher prevalence of endometriosis in infertile women (48 percent) than in fertile women undergoing tubal sterilization (5 percent) ... infertile women are 6-8 times more likely to have endometriosis than fertile women.

... a new diagnostic staging tool has been proposed that predicts the chance of spontaneous pregnancy in those with surgically documented endometriosis who are treated without IVF ... The EFI score ranges from 0-10, with 0 representing the poorest prognosis and 10 the best ... those patients with scores of 0-3 could expect a cumulative pregnancy rate of 11.1 percent at 3 years, increasing to 68.3 percent for those with scores of 9-10.

... the most common symptoms of endometriosis were painful menstruation, painful intercourse, and incapacitating pain ...