Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Endometrial polyps and pregnancy

One of the questions that reached my inbox recently was, "Have you heard of anyone successfully conceiving with an endometrial polyp?" Truth? I haven't actually come across those terms together before... I decided to look it up and found a study done by Perez-Medina et al from the Santa Cristina University Hospital in Madrid, Spain.

The goal of the study was to determine whether polypectomy (removal of the endometrial polyp/s) prior to IUI (intrauterine insemination) affects pregnancy rates. The women were divided into two groups - one group who had a polypectomy prior to beginning IUI and one who did not. The overall pregnancy rate was 51.4% in the study group and 25.4% in the control group, with the conclusion being that polypectomy is indeed helpful. Surprisingly, 65% of the pregnancies in the study group occurred before the first IUI.

The researchers also noted that they found no significant correlation between the size of the EP (endometrial polyp) and pregnancy rates.

1 comment:

Claire said...

This is an interesting perspective on the question of polyps preventing pregnancy from a reproductive endocrinologist: http://www.fertilityauthority.com/blogger/dkreiner/2009/11/19/are-fibroids-and-polyps-preventing-you-getting-pregnant

He basically says there are far too many variables to say definitively based on polyps alone whether or not pregnancy is viable.