Endometriosis is not curable. Natural endometriosis treatments focus on eliminating symptoms and signs of the condition. There are many options available depending on how severe the condition is. This article will discuss the medications that can be used to treat endometriosis.
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Endometriosis pain can be relieved with a variety of medications. NSAIDs would be the first line of treatment. Women who are still planning to get pregnant often take these medications. Although birth control pills can be used to manage endometriosis pain, this is not recommended for women who are past their reproductive years or those who intend to have no children.
The birth control pills should be used continuously, without a 7-day break. This will cause complete suppression of your menstrual cycle. Although the exact mechanism of birth control pills and endometriosis implant action is not known, it is believed that they can reduce the size of the implants to prevent their proliferation. To confirm this belief, further studies are required.
Danazol is used in the treatment of women with low testosterone and high estrogen levels. This medication treats symptoms only and does not treat the cause. The medication stops the menstrual cycle and puts the body in a similar state to menopause. Danazol reduces pain. When the medication is stopped, symptoms return. It is not recommended as it can increase the risk of developing ovarian cancer.
Endometriosis medication can only be given to patients who have had a consultation. Although some NSAIDs and birth control medications can be purchased over-the-counter, it is recommended that you have a medical exam before taking any medication for endometriosis.