PG15: Bridging the Gap Between Science and Clinical Care in Endometriosis-Related Infertility

Date:October 13, 2013

Time:8:15 am - 5:00 pm

Location:Room 254 - Boston Convention and Exhibition Center


Hugh S. Taylor, M.D. (Chair), Yale University School of Medicine

Thomas M. D'Houghe, M.D., Ph.D., Leuven University Hospital

Bruce A. Lessey, M.D., Ph.D., Greenville Hospital System


Developed in Cooperation with the Endometriosis Special Interest Group

Patient care

Endometriosis is a highly prevalent disease. However, there are many gaps in physicians' competence to diagnose patients with endometriosis. This disease places a tremendous burden on society, both economically and related to quality of life. The principal manifestations of this disease, which causes both infertility and chronic pain, mandate that all general gynecologists and subspecialists be involved in the care of these patients. This live course is designed to improve physicians' competence in the medical and surgical management of endometriosis. Topics to be discussed include: pathophysiology of endometriosis-associated pain syndromes; pathophysiology of endometriosis-associated infertility; choosing an appropriate medical or surgical therapy; technical aspects of surgical approaches; in vitro fertilization (IVF) approaches, including pre-IVF optimization; and new genetic etiologies of endometriosis. Coherent summaries with key learning points will be provided and reinforced during the session of case reports.

At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss clinical implications of the pathophysiology of endometriosis in patients with infertility.
  2. Explain the new genetic etiologies for endometriosis and ways to identify those at risk.
  3. Describe the options for managing endometriosis before an IVF cycle.
  4. Summarize the optimal approach for an IVF cycle in a woman with endometriosis.


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