Treating Endometriosis | Boston IVF Albany & Central New York


Almost 30% of all female infertility cases involve endometriosis.

This is why it’s so important for women who suspect they might have this painful disease to meet with a Boston IVF reproductive endocrinologist in Albany or Syracuse as soon as possible.



If you are experiencing pain related to menstruation, or if you suspect endometriosis may be causing challenges in becoming pregnant, we recommend that you meet with a fertility specialist in order to receive proper evaluation and accurate diagnosis.

Our Central New York Endometriosis Fertility Program provides 30 years of experience through the hands of personalized, local care. Boston IVF’s history of research and experience allows our physicians to help women successfully manage even the most complex cases of endometriosis.

We bring together the world’s leading reproductive endocrinologists with local, accessible care right here in Central New York.



The tissue that lines the inside of the uterine cavity is called the endometrium. Normally, this lining is shed through a woman’s cervix each month during menstruation.

Women with endometriosis experience menstruation very differently. Rather than traveling through the cervix and exiting the body during her period, the endometrial lining is shed down and out the end of the Fallopian tubes, into other areas of the body, such as surrounding the ovaries.

Whether a woman has endometriosis or not, her endometrial cells behave the same way: they grow and menstruate each month. The key difference for women with endometriosis is that her endometrial cells are in an abnormal location. When the cells grow and menstruate each month, they can cause inflammation and scarring outside of the uterus.

Left untreated, endometrial lining has the potential to grow to block the Fallopian tubes and ovaries, which then prevents successful pregnancy.


Our goal is to suppress endometriosis, control its progression, and address your symptoms without affecting your fertility.

Your fertility doctors in Albany or Syracuse will create a personalized treatment plan based on your diagnostic testing and medical history, with the objective of utilizing the best treatment option for you.

Successful treatment options include:

This minor surgical procedure is one of the most accurate diagnostic tools at for endometrial growth. During a laparoscopy procedure, your doctor can also remove any endometrial tissue found on your Fallopian tubes or ovaries.

When endometriosis is causing infertility, IVF is often recommended as a first-line treatment to allow successful pregnancy.



  • Women who are having difficulty becoming pregnant may discover their endometriosis diagnosis through fertility testing.
  • Endometriosis leads to scarring or adhesions in the pelvis and reproductive organs
  • Endometriosis can damage or block a woman’s Fallopian tubes, impeding the journey of the egg to the uterus
  • Endometriosis can cause ovarian cysts
  • Endometriosis can cause other problems inside the uterus, impeding embryo implantation and growth
  • Your endometriosis diagnosis may be a temporary roadblock in your journey to building a family, but with early detection and treatment, it does not have to factor into your fertility success.


There’s a reason endometriosis sometimes goes untreated: some women have zero symptoms. For others, an ‘unexplained infertility’ diagnosis is actually caused by endometriosis – in which case their ‘symptom’ of endometriosis is infertility.

Women experiencing symptoms of endometriosis may notice:

  • painful menstrual cramps
  • painful periods
  • low back pain
  • pain after intercourse
  • painful bowel movements
  • abnormal bleeding during menstruation
  • infertility


Although your symptoms may lead you to meet with a reproductive endocrinologist for an evaluation, it cannot be confirmed from symptoms alone.

In addition to a comprehensive medical history evaluation including your history of symptoms, your doctor will need to perform testing in order to confirm a diagnosis of endometriosis. Your doctor will determine an appropriate diagnostic test based on your unique medical history and symptoms. Reliable diagnostic tests include:

pelvic exam: assessing pelvic tenderness

pelvic ultrasound: to display the presence of endometriosis

laparoscopy: an outpatient surgical procedure. A laparoscopy is the only sure way of confirming the presence of endometriosis.

After reviewing your medical history, performing diagnostic testing, and speaking with you about your symptoms, your doctor will be able to classify your condition as Stage 1 (Minimal), Stage 2 (Mild), Stage 3 (Moderate), or Stage 4 (Extensive). The amount of scarring and diseased tissue found via laparoscopy designates which stage of endometriosis is present for you.



Whether you would like to schedule a consultation with a fertility doctor or just need some basic advice, don’t hesitate to call or email us!