Author(s): Kokcu A
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Abstract PURPOSE: To examine possible effects of endometriosis-related immune events on reproductive function. METHODS: The synthesis and review of the relevant current literature in English language. RESULTS: The endometriosis-related immune events may have a negative impact on almost all components of the reproductive function including fallopian tube function, oocyte quality, sperm function, fertilization, embryo quality, endometrial receptivity, implantation and placentation. CONCLUSIONS: An important portion of the cases of infertility or miscarriage seen in women with endometriosis may be due to some immunological alterations associated with endometriosis.
This article was published in Arch Gynecol Obstet
and referenced in Journal of Fertilization: In Vitro - IVF-Worldwide, Reproductive Medicine, Genetics & Stem Cell Biology