endometriosis

Plasma Energy Ablation, A New Option for Treating Endometriomas

Endometriosis is the number 1 cause of infertility in the US. Endometriosis occurs when the endometrial tissue that makes up the inner lining of the uterus migrates to other places, like the ovary or pelvic wall. Endometriosis affects up to 10% of US reproductive-aged women, and, of women with endometriosis, about 35% experience infertility. So, what can we do to help women with endometriosis achieve pregnancy? Unfortunately, the number of medical treatments to increase fertility in the face of endometriosis are limited. Read on to learn about a promising new study of a new treatment, plasma energy ablation. 

New insights into endometriosis diagnosis

Painful periods, infertility, ovarian cysts- endometriosis is no joke, and it affects about 10% of women. About half of women with infertility have endometriosis, and it's the second leading reason for hysterectomy. The disease costs $22 billion a year in the US alone. You might imagine that such a common disease is easily diagnosed in the clinic. However, the gold standard for diagnosing endometriosis is surgery to view the inside of the pelvis to look for the disease. A blood test for CA-125 might be high, but this test isn't very helpful because of the high rate of false positives and negatives. Fortunately, new research is uncovering biomarkers that may one day become the standard for diagnosing chronic endometriosis.