What are the treatments for endometriosis?

Dr. Heather Hilkowitz talks about treatments for endometriosis. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.

 

There are many treatment options available to you if you have endometriosis, including medication, surgery or both, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and GynecologistsOff Site Icon . Surgery may relieve pain and increase fertility, but it is not a cure, and the more severe the condition, the greater the likelihood that the discomfort will return, according to the ACOG.

Treatment options can depend on whether or not you are trying to get pregnant, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women’s HealthOff Site Icon. According to HHS, treatment options include:

  • Extended-cycle birth control – for women who don’t wish to become pregnant
  • Intrauterine device - for women who don’t wish to become pregnant
  • Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists - for women who are trying to get pregnant
  • Surgery – usually performed in severe cases when hormones are not effective, or for women with fertility problems
  • Pain medication – for mild symptoms to relieve discomfort
  • Complementary and alternative medicine – options include acupuncture, chiropractic therapy, or herbs and vitamin supplements.

Talk to your doctor about treatment options for endometriosis.

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