In vitro fertilization for endometriosis-associated infertility

Polat M., Yarali I., Boynukalin K., Yarali H.

WOMENS HEALTH, vol.11, no.5, pp.633-641, 2015 (ESCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 11 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.2217/whe.15.50
  • Journal Name: WOMENS HEALTH
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.633-641
  • Hacettepe University Affiliated: Yes


Endometriosis is an enigmatic disease affecting 10-15% of reproductive aged women and is encountered in 25-35% of women suffering from infertility. IVF is an effective tool to overcome endometriosis-associated infertility when expectant management or surgery fails. Direct IVF should be envisioned if the female age is greater than 38 year and infertility is long lasting. Likewise, semen characteristics or tubal status that is incompatible with natural conception mandates going straight to IVF. IVF, not only bypasses the distortion of pelvic anatomy associated with advanced stage endometriosis, but also removes gametes from a hostile peritoneal environment. In this article, we address the impact, if any, of endometriosis and endometriomason IVF outcome, whether surgical treatment of early-stage disease, endometriomas or deep infiltrating endometriosis would enhance pregnancy rates in IVF, which protocol to employ for controlled ovarian hyperstimulation for IVF and finally the impact, if any, of controlled ovarian hyperstimulation for IVF on progression of endometriosis.