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
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)
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 also remove the uterus and ovaries . But this means that you cannot get pregnant.
If you are diagnosed with endometriosis, follow your doctor's instructions .
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