Treatment for endometriosis ranges from medications to surgery.
Our Oakwood Women’s Centre ObGyns offer treatment for endometriosis to restore patients’ quality of life. Endometriosis usually affects women during their 30s and 40s. This condition causes the endometrium, or uterine lining, to grow outside of the uterus in other areas of the pelvic cavity. It can cause pain, problems with menstruation, gastrointestinal issues and infertility.
The goals of treatment for endometriosis
Even though endometriosis isn’t curable, treatment for endometriosis offers patients an opportunity to feel better and solve problems caused by the condition. The Endometriosis Association notes that there are several goals of treatment.
- Pain reduction
- Slowed growth of endometrial implants
- Shrinkage of growths
- Fertility restoration
- Fertility preservation
- Delaying or preventing the recurrence of endometriosis
Our Round Rock ObGyns seek to achieve these goals with a variety of treatments.
Types of endometriosis treatment
Our Round Rock ObGyns individualize treatment for endometriosis, taking into account each patient’s symptoms, the extent of her illness and her desire for children. Here are the types of treatment our physicians may suggest.
Our physicians may suggest over-the-counter, non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs or, in some cases, prescription medications for pain relief.
Hormonal therapy helps stop ovulation, slowing the growth of endometriosis. There are several types of hormone treatment.
- The intrauterine device, or IUD
- Extended-cycle or continuous cycle birth control pills
- Danazol, a medication that is a testosterone derivative
- GnRH agonists
The hormone medication treatment for endometriosis works for women who are not trying to become pregnant as long as the patient continues to take the prescription. If a woman is trying to conceive, GnRH agonists may provide her with the best chance of becoming pregnant after a course of treatment is completed.
When a patient has severe symptoms that have not responded to other treatments, or she has infertility issues, treatment for endometriosis may involve surgery.
Our experienced ObGyns can perform minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery to remove endometrial growths and preserve fertility, if possible. In some cases, our Round Rock ObGyns may recommend a hysterectomy.
Some patients may opt to try alternative medicine options such as acupuncture or nutritional supplements as part of their treatment for endometriosis.
Our Round Rock ObGyns are experienced endometriosis practitioners
Patients with endometriosis can count on our physicians when they require treatment for endometriosis. Our Round Rock ObGyns have the expertise to help patients find relief. Contact us for an appointment.