Treatments for Endometriosis

Conventional treatments for endometriosis

Endometriosis is a condition experienced by many women. The symptoms vary from woman to woman, but some of the most common are painful or irregular menstruation, fatigue, vomiting, stomach problems, infertility and pelvic pain.

The most common symptom is pelvic pain. Many women ignore the pain because they believe that it is simply part of menstrual pain. This pain usually appears on the same days that when you have a normal cycle, which makes it harder to notice. Another problem is the fact that some women do not really feel any pain at all. Those who feel pelvic pain at a time other than the usual pain in its typically only see a doctor. The disease sometimes causes pain during sexual intercourse, in the majority of the times before and after the period. Endometriosis can cause inflammation of the lower part of the abdomen and blood in the stool during the period or when they go to the bathroom.

Treatment of endometriosis

This disease can be treated in different ways, depending on the level of development. The control of pain and surgery are two of the most common treatments.

Pharmacological treatments for endometriosis

These treatments include hormone therapy using agonists of GnRH and danazol (medications that can cause a chemical menopause) and birth control pills that reduce endometriosis lesions by stopping ovulation. Unfortunately, the disease may recur after patients stop using hormone therapy.

The most common method of treatment is laparoscopic surgery. The foreign tissue can be removed and the bodies which may have been damaged can be rebuilt. Thus it can also resolve the problem of infertility. In some worst cases laparotomy couldn't be, and in the most serious cases (less frequent) a hysterectomy. This involves the removal of the uterus and ovaries and leads to the surgical menopause. It is very important that women understand what implies these surgical treatments before deciding what to do.

Other treatments that have been used are nerve blocks, acupuncture, aromatherapy, medicinal plants, changes in diet, the use of vitamin supplements, immunotherapy, and others. It is vital information before deciding what decision to take.

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