there is no cure for endometriosis, a variety of treatment options exist.
Goals may include: relieving/reducing pain symptoms, shrinking or slowing
endometrial growths, preserving or restoring fertility, and preventing/delaying
recurrence of the disease.
relievers may include aspirin and acetaminophen, as well prostaglandin
inhibitors such as ibuprofen, naproxen sodium, indomethecin, and tolfenamic
acid. In some cases, prescription drugs may be required.
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aims to stop ovulation for as long as possible and may include: oral contraceptives,
progesterone drugs, a testosterone derivative (danazol), and GnRH agonists
(gonadotropin releasing hormone drugs). Side effects may be a problem
for some women.
seeks to remove or destroy the growths, relieve pain, and may allow pregnancy
to occur in some cases. Conservative surgery can involve laparoscopy (outpatient
surgery in which the surgeon can view the inside of the abdomen through
a tiny lighted tube that is inserted through one or more tiny abdominal
incisions. Also referred to as "belly-button" surgery.)
or laparotomy (more extensive procedure, full incision, longer recovery
period). Hormonal therapy may be prescribed along with conservative surgery.
Radical surgery, which may be necessary in severe cases, involves hysterectomy,
removal of all growths, and removal of ovaries.
options may include traditional Chinese medicine, nutritional approaches,
homeopathy, allergy management, and immune therapy. To learn more about
alternative therapies, see: The Endometriosis Sourcebook, Overcoming
Endometriosis, Endometriosis: The Complete Reference for Taking Charge of Your Health, and EA newsletters Vol. 17, nos. 2, 3, 5-6.
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