Related Conditions

Infertility - Endometriosis is closely linked to infertility. Nearly half of all patients with Endometriosis may experience infertility. Alterations in prostaglandin secretion (a hormone-like enzyme which can cause inflammation), the inability of the ovaries to function normally as a result of the disease, the inability of the sperm to move properly towards the egg caused by adhesions or scar tissue, the body's own impaired immune response (which can result in rejection of the early implanted embryo), and anatomic distortions have all been linked to endometriosis-related infertility. It is important that you follow-up with an infertility specialist or with your OBGYN after you have been treated.

Endometriosis has been found to have an immune component that can lead to miscarriages even after surgical debulking. While the surgery greatly improves the outcome, any patients who have gone on to become pregnant and miscarry, or those who have failed to conceive at all, should arrange for a reproductive immunology profile. I highly recommend seeing the world authority on Reproductive Immunology, Dr. Jeffrey Braverman, with whom we have worked with great success with these types of patients.

Adhesions - These fibrous bands of tissue are commonly associated with endometriosis and can cause significant pain and organ dysfunction. Formed by the body in response to the inflammatory trauma of the disease, they typically require surgical removal (called "lysis"). During Laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis, lysis of adhesions can afford the patient increased symptomatic relief and allow for normal pelvic restoration.

Other Disorders - A growing body of research has documented the strong link between endometriosis and fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, allergies, and asthma, as well as autoimmune inflammatory diseases such as thyroid disease, systemic Lupus Erythematosus, Sjögren's syndrome, Meniere's disease, rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Additionally, some studies have linked endometriosis to certain cancers, such as melanoma, breast and ovarian cancer, as well as malignant transformation of the disease itself. Endometriosis may also be linked to other estrogen-dependent pelvic conditions such as fibroids (muscular tumors that grow in the wall of the uterus, known as "leiomyoma"), Interstitial Cystitis (often called "Endo's Evil Twin"-a urinary bladder syndrome characterized by significant pain and urinary frequency) and adenomyosis (the presence of diffuse endometriosis throughout the muscular lining of the uterus).

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    Kim Molinaro

    Prior to meeting Dr. Seckin and reading his book, “The Doctor Will See You Now”, I knew little to nothing about endometriosis. I was led to believe that endometriosis was not a serious condition. I was told that the pain could be managed by taking the “pill”. I was told that the cysts on my ovaries were harmless. I was…

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    Rebecca Black

    Fast forward 5 years to find out incidentally I had a failing kidney. My left kidney was only functioning at 18%. During this time, I was preparing all my documents to send to Dr. Seckin to review. However, with this new information I put everything on hold and went to a urologist. After a few months, no one could figure…

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  • Erin Brehm

    Erin Brehm

    I had a wonderful experience working with Dr. Seckin and his team before, during and after my surgery. I came to Dr. Seckin having already had laparoscopic surgery for endometriosis 5 years prior, with a different surgeon. My symptoms and pain had returned, making my life truly challenging and my menstrual cycle unbearable. Dr. Seckin was quick to validate my…

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    Anita Schillhorn

    I came to Dr. Seckin after years of dealing with endometriosis and doctors who didn't fully understand the disease. He quickly ascertained what needed to be done, laid out the options along with his recommendation and gave me the time to make the right decision for me. My surgery went without a hitch and I'm healing very well. He and…