Gynecologic Health

Premier Health providers answer frequently asked questions about prevention and wellness for women.

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.

Learn more:

Source: Rashmi Bolinjkar, MD, Upper Valley Womens Center; Jeremy Crouch, MD, Womens Health Specialists and Midwives of Dayton; Heather Hilkowitz, MD, Hilltop Obstetrics and Gynecology; Amanda Fox, CNP, Dulan and Moore Dulan Family Wellness Center; Kathryn Lorenz, MD, Hyatt Family Care; William Rush, MD, Lifestages Samaritan Centers for Women; Jerome Yaklic, MD, Wright State Physicians Obstetrics and Gynecology; Mansi Amin, DO, SureCare Medical Center; Amy Renshaw, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; J. Scott Bembry, Premier OB/GYN; L. William Rettig, III, MD,Lifestages Centers for Women; Elyse Weber, PA, Lifestages Centers for Women; Rhonda Washington, MD, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Stacy Hudepohl, CNM, Center for Womens Health and Wellness; Larry Holland, DO, Premier Womens Center

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