Treatments for Endometriosis
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There are a number of options for treating and managing endometriosis. These include lifestyle changes, medication, and surgery. There is a risk of persistence, despite treatment; there is also a risk of relapse after treatment.
The goals of treatment are to control pain, slow the growth of endometrial tissue, and restore fertility, if desired. The choice of preferred treatment depends on your age, the severity of your symptoms, where the endometrial tissue is growing, how large the growths are, and your desire for pregnancy.
Treatment involves the following:
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Last reviewed November 2008 by ]]>Jeff Andrews, MD, FRCSC, FACOG]]>
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