MANAGEMENT OF ENDOMETRIOSIS
Endometriosis is a condition resulting from the appearance of endometrial tissue outside the uterus and causing pelvic pain, especially associated with menstruation. The most common symptoms are pain and menstrual irregularities. Endometriosis can be treated medically (with drugs or medicine) or with surgery. Sometimes both medicine and surgery are used.
Medications range from pain relief drugs (such as paracetamol and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories) to hormonal treatments that suppress ovulation and menstruation).
Surgery can be used to remove or burn the endometriosis. The most common surgery used is laparoscopy (key-hole surgery). This procedure has been shown to improve fertility. In a small group of women who have severe symptoms that are not relieved by medical or other surgical treatment a more extensive procedure may be considered (Hysterectomy)
Mild endometriosis doesn’t always need treatment. You are usually offered treatment to help relieve the symptoms rather than to cure the disease itself. If left untreated, some endometriosis will improve, but most will stay the same. Some will become more severe without treatment. For most women with endometriosis, the symptoms will settle once they go through the menopause.
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