This website was initially created to provide greek women with updated and trustworthy information on endometriosis.
We were pleasantly surprised along the way, to find that this was true for a much larger international audience. Therefore we decided to translate into english, first all the posts and then all the background information.
Our aim is not to replace your doctor, but to provide medically sound information on endometriosis and to bust all the myths associated with the condition.
The right information will enable women to recognize early their symptoms and seek timely medical assistance.
You can find information on the presumed causes, the symptoms and the treatments of endometriosis. Its relation to infertility and the real life success rates of the various treatments. Since we run an IVF unit, we obviously analyzed in depth the success rates of intrauterine insemination, in vitro fertilization and reproductive surgery in relation to endometriosis.
We are also very interested at the pregnancy outcome and the incidence of certain cancers in women with endometriosis.
We welcome exchange of information and we will be very happy to upload personal experiences.
We hope that your visit to this site, will help answer your questions.
Mr.Iakovos Soussis MD, MSc, FRCOG
BY I. SOUSSIS MD FERTILITY SPECIALIST A new study, which followed more than 72 thousand women for more than 20 years, has found that breast feeding is linked to a lower risk of being diagnosed with endometriosis. Researchers found that among the 72,394 women who had one or more pregnancies (that lasted at least […]
Obstetric complications in women with endometriosis By I.Soussis MD Women with endometriosis present an increased chance of complications during pregnancy, compared to those without. A large Swedish study comprised of 8.922 women with endometriosis, who gave birth to 13.090 children (single pregnancies) was compared to 1.4 million births of children obtained from the National Birth […]
By I.Soussis MD Egg donation is a fantastic tool in our hands, that allows us to explore how endometriosis affects the results of IVF. Its action is through the endometrium or through the quality of the oocytes and subsequently through the quality of the produced embryos? In trying to answer the question two different approaches have been […]
By I. Soussis MD How successful is intrauterine insemination in infertile women with endometriosis? Tummon et al. 1997 enrolled 103 infertile couples with endometriosis stage I and II in a prospective randomized study. Of those patients 53 underwent superovulation treatment with gonadotrophins and intrauterine insemination (127 cycles) and the remaining 50 were the control group […]
By I.Soussis MD The reputable journal Human Reproduction Update in 2014 published an excellent study by ΑΜ Sanchez et al., on how an endometrioma ( a chocolate cyst) affects the surrounding healthy ovarian tissue. They reviewed the scientific literature of the last 25 years on the subject. They excluded all the clinical articles and they focused on […]
Antral follical count as a predictor of ovarian responsiveness in women with endometriosis or with a history of surgery for endometriosis
By I.Soussis MD Antral follicle count AFC, has proven to be one of the most reliable predictors of ovarian response to the drug stimulation during IVF treatment. It refers to the number of small follicles counted at the ovary prior to starting the stimulation. In 2015 Benaglia et al. researched AFC as a predictor in […]
Men living with endometriosis: insights and experiences of male partners, living with women with endometriosis
By I.Soussis MD Hudson et al. from the UK, presented an interesting study at the latest ESHRE conference, held in Lisbon Portugal in June 2015. The main question was: How do partners of women with endometriosis perceive the disorder and how do they help their wives/partners to deal with their symptoms and to seek medical help? Endometriosis is […]
By I.Soussis MD How high is the percentage of natural conception and pregnancy in women with untreated colorectal endometriosis? Erasmo et al. from Genova, Italy attempted to answer this question. Their study was presented at the ESHRE annual conference in Lisbon in 2015. The study involved 55 patients with colorectal endometriosis, attempting to get pregnant, between 2009 and […]
By I.Soussis MD If women suffering with endometriosis have a higher risk of adverse pregnancy outcome in early pregnancy, such as spontaneous miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy, was not well documented up to now. A study from Japan compared 49 pregnant women with endometriosis to 59 without the disease. They found that the incidence of spontaneous […]
By I.Soussis During the early days of IVF treatment, patients were placed into two groups; one which dealt with tubal factors and which was considered to have a better outcome and a second one, which encompassed all other causes of infertility. Patients with endometriosis were placed into this second group, with a less favorable prognosis. Women […]