Can Genetic Testing Identify Endometriosis?


A few years ago, the answer to the above question would have been a resounding “No”. The gold standard for diagnosing endometriosis was, and is, laparoscopy. Yet, recent advances in the field of genetics have identified biomarkers in the genome which could help identify women who are at risk of developing endometriosis.

Birth of FSH Protocol and the HCG Trigger

In IVF a follicle stimulating hormone (FSH) is used to promote growth of multiple follicles for a controlled ovarian hyperstimulation (COH). Common known brand name COH drugs include Gonal F and Follistim, which mimic natural FSH. Follicle growth is monitored, and as follicles approach maturity an injectable Human Chorionic Gonadotropin (HCG) is used as a “trigger” to control the timing of ovulation.

Flare Protocol

In this type of stimulation, the Lupron (or other GnRH agonist) is started on cycle day 2 in the same menstrual cycle that eggs will be retrieved - instead of starting it a week prior to the start of menses. This protocol takes advantage of an initial "flare-up" response of FSH and LH release from the woman's own pituitary gland that usually occurs in the first 3 days of Lupron administration. Continuing Lupron for more than 3 days temporarily suppresses the pituitary gland so that it has very low output of FSH and LH.

Embryo Development - Day 1 - 5

Short video showing the development of an embryo at day 1, day 3, and day 5 (blastocyst stages). Provided by watch an embryo develop through time-lapse photography as it moves through from a single-cell and reaches the blastocyst stage. New Hope is a Manhattan-based fertility clinic. Watch their YouTube channel for more video stories.


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Top 5 Reported Infertility Diagnoses

For nearly 8 years we've encouraged members to report their primary infertility diagnosis. Here are the top 5 reported causes.

26% - Male Factor

25% - Unexplained 

13% - Tubal