Endometriosis 101

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Endometriosis affects at least 6 million women in the US and Canada and millions more throughout the world. It is the number one cause of pelvic pain and can affect many aspects of a woman’s health and her fertility. Our guest was Dr. Naveed Khan, a board certified reproductive endocrinologist with Shady Grove Fertility Centers in the Washington, DC metro area who writes and speaks frequently on the treatment of endometriosis.

Highlights of the show (click to expand)
  • What is endometriosis?
  • What are the symptoms of endometriosis?
  • What is the cause of endometriosis?
  • Is there a genetic link to endometriosis?
  • What factors increase your risk of developing endometriosis?
  • Does having endometriosis make you at greater risk for cancer?
  • Is there any relationship between endometriosis and cancer?
  • How is endometriosis diagnosed?
  • Is a definitive diagnosis necessary before treatment?
  • How is endometriosis treated?
  • When should laparoscopic surgery be considered for the treatment of endometriosis?
  • Should endometrial lesion by excised (cut away) or should a laser or electrical pulse be used?
  • Is it possible to cure endometriosis?
  • Does diet or lifestyle affect endometriosis?
  • Can endometriosis be treated through diet or lifestyle changes?
  • What options are available to treat endometriosis on the fallopian tubes?
  • How does endometriosis affect fertility?
  • Does endometriosis affect the success of infertility treatment?

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