Facebook Pixel
EmpowHER Guest

I Know this is simple but if endometriosis is excess estrogen, can't they use an increase of testosterone to balance out?

By Anonymous October 16, 2014 - 3:54pm
Rate This

My daughter has been complaining for several months, stomach not emptying out, endless eating, major low back pain, heavy, heavy bleeding. doctor said endo but not willing to do oblation because she is only 35. took a cat scan shows growth on bottom of spine, ?possible lesion or cancer? i didnt know endo could travel throughout the body. she is now complaining of her breasts on the one side hurting.

Add a Comment1 Comments

HERWriter Guide

Hi Anon

Thank you for your question! 

Normally, endometrial tissue is found only inside the uterus. The uterus is the reproductive organ where a fetus develops. Hormones cause the tissue to form there, preparing the body for a fertilized egg. If you do not become pregnant, the tissue leaves the body during menstruation.

In endometriosis, endometrial-like tissue is found outside the uterus. For example, it may be found on organs in the abdomen or pelvis. In these places, the tissue still responds to hormones. It swells, breaks down, and bleeds. But it is unable to leave when you menstruate. Surrounding tissue becomes inflamed. There is often scarring.

The goals of treatment are to:

  • Control pain
  • Slow endometrial growth
  • Restore or preserve fertility


Treatment options depend on:

  • Severity of symptoms
  • Size, number, and location of growths
  • Degree of scarring
  • Extent of the disease
  • Age and whether you want to have a baby


Treatment includes:

Pain Medication

Your doctor may recommend:

  • Over-the-counter pain relievers to ease mild symptoms
  • Prescription pain relievers (often needed)
  • Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs to reduce inflammation and help with cramping (best when taken on a regular basis)


Hormonal Therapy

Hormones are an option for women who are not trying to become pregnant. Birth control pills and other injectable drugs interfere with estrogen production. These medications may decrease pain and shrink the size and number of endometrial growths.

But endometrial growth tends to come back when the hormones are stopped. A common way to take birth control pills is continuously, so that you no longer menstruate.


If you have severe symptoms or you want to get pregnant, doctors can try to remove endometrial growths. This is often done with laparoscopic surgery. In severe cases, it may be advised to alsoremove the uterus and ovaries . But this means that you cannot get pregnant.

Anon, the introduction of testosterone will not re-balance the body. 

Her scan results may be unrelated to her endometriosis - that is something that needs to be further investigated. 

Is your daughter hoping for children, Anon? Is she looking into any of the treatment options I listed above?



October 17, 2014 - 5:14am
Enter the characters shown in the image.
By submitting this form, you agree to EmpowHER's terms of service and privacy policy
Add a Comment

All user-generated information on this site is the opinion of its author only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for any medical conditions. Members and guests are responsible for their own posts and the potential consequences of those posts detailed in our Terms of Service.


Get Email Updates

Endometriosis Guide

Have a question? We're here to help. Ask the Community.


Health Newsletter

Receive the latest and greatest in women's health and wellness from EmpowHER - for free!