Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics

, Volume 287, Issue 6, pp 1225–1233

Possible effects of endometriosis-related immune events on reproductive function

Reproductive Medicine

DOI: 10.1007/s00404-013-2767-2

Cite this article as:
Kokcu, A. Arch Gynecol Obstet (2013) 287: 1225. doi:10.1007/s00404-013-2767-2

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.

Keywords

EndometriosisImmunological alterationsReproductive function

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Faculty of MedicineUniversity of Ondokuz MayisSamsunTurkey