There is currently no cure for endometriosis. However, there are treatments available that can help you overcome endometriosis pain and infertility.
Treatment for endometriosis depends on the following factors:
- Severity of symptoms
- Severity of disease
- Whether the woman wants children in the future
Hormones can be highly effective in the treatment of endometriosis. They are available in the form of pill, injection, or nasal spray.
- Birth control pills
- Oral contraceptive pills
- Progesterone like medicines (Depo-Provera)
- GnRh agonists (Lupron, Synarel, Zoladex)
- Aromatase inhibitors (Letrozole)
If your symptoms are mild, pain medication can work well. The two most common types of pain medication for endometriosis are:
- Over-the-counter pain relievers
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
Surgical treatment can provide significant, short-term relief. The two forms of surgery used for treating endometriosis:
UC San Diego Health System offers minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery for the treatment of endometriosis.
This type of surgery is especially promising for women who would like to have children in the future. Regardless of the location of the endometriosis, the surgeon is able to make small precise movements to remove the tissue, preserving the delicate structures of the pelvis and decreasing the chance of future complications.
Additional benefits include:
- Significantly less pain
- Less blood loss
- Less scarring
- Shorter recovery time
- Faster return to normal daily activities
- In many cases, better clinical outcomes