Endometriosis is a painful disorder in women in which tissue that normally lines the inside of the uterus, called the endometrium, grows outside the uterus on other organs or structures in the body. Endometriosis can affect a woman's ovaries, bladder, fallopian tubes, bowel, or the tissue lining the pelvis. It is rarely found in other areas of the body. The displaced endometrial tissue still acts as it normally would, thickening, breaking down and bleeding with each menstrual cycle. There is nowhere for the tissue to exit the body, so it becomes trapped, causing irritation, scar tissue, and sometimes severe pain in the lower abdomen or pelvis, especially during the menstrual cycle. Endometriosis can be treated.


UAB Medicine’s nationally recognized physicians have years of experience in diagnosing and treating both male and female infertility. We treat infertility with a team approach that includes a urologist, a reproductive endocrinologist, specialized nurses, and laboratory scientists. A variety of conventional treatments are available, including corrective microsurgery. For those who do not have a condition that can be treated, procedures such as intrauterine insemination or in vitro fertilization (IVF) may be used to help a couple get pregnant. Our fertility experts will determine a treatment plan that is best suited for each individual man and his partner. As a major center for research, UAB Medicine continues to investigate new advances in fertility treatment aimed at increasing the chances of conceiving healthy babies.





UAB is an active participant in research and clinical trials. We encourage you to speak to your physician about research and clinical trial options and browse the link below for more information.

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