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Treatments For Endometriosis

The options available depend on the severity of your symptoms and if you are still hoping to conceive. Ultimately, it's the tolerance of the pain versus the compelling need for a particular treatment. You really need to weigh the options. It's your call because its your pain.

Pain Medications

Over-the-counter pain reliever to help ease painful menstrual cramps.

Oral Contraceptives

These help control the hormones responsible for the build-up of endometrial tissue each month by reducing or eliminating the pain of endometriosis. Most women also have lighter and shorter menstrual flow.

Gonadotropin-releasing, Hormone (Gn-FH)

They induce a temporary state of medical menopause, which causes the endometrial adhesions to shrink.

Conservative Surgery

The above treatments are effective it reducing or eliminating symptoms of endometriosis, but they also prevent pregnancy. If you are trying to become pregnant, conservative surgery to remove endometrial growths, scar tissue and adhesions may increase your chances of success. Your reproductive organs remain intact. This is usually performed as a laproscopy.


In severe cases of endometriosis, a total hysterectomy and the removal of both ovaries may be the best treatment. Hysterectomy alone is also effective, but; removing the ovaries ensures that endometriosis will not return. Enter type of surgery is typically considered a last resort, especially for women still in their reproductive years.

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