Endometriosis: Non-Surgical Treatments
To treat the symptoms of endometriosis, your doctor may recommend one or more of the following: over-the counter medications, hormone therapy, or surgery. Talk to your doctor to find out the benefits and risks of each option, and which one may be best for you.
Hormone therapy regulates or blocks the hormones that control your menstrual cycle. Certain hormones can limit the swelling of your endometrium and extra endometrial tissue (implants). This treatment may be used before, instead of, or after surgery. The following are different types of hormone therapies:
- GnRH Agonists and FSH and LH Inhibitors - This medication is used to stop or lower the production of estrogen and progesterone hormones.
- Birth control pills - This medication contain estrogen and progesterone. Birth control pills help to regulate the estrogen and progesterone in your body.
- Progestins - Progestins are a form of progesterone and help to keep estrogen levels low.
- Danazol - This hormone stops or lowers the production of estrogen and progesterone.
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Risks specific to minimally invasive surgery, including da Vinci Surgery, include but are not limited to, one or more of the following: temporary pain/nerve injury associated with positioning; temporary pain/discomfort from the use of air or gas in the procedure; a longer operation and time under anesthesia and conversion to another surgical technique. If your doctor needs to convert the surgery to another surgical technique, this could result in a longer operative time, additional time under anesthesia, additional or larger incisions and/or increased complications.
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