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Can aromatase inhibitors help treat endometriosis pain?

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Aromatase is a chemical that boosts your body’s estrogen production. Aromatase inhibitors block it, which lowers your estrogen level.  These medicines aren’t routinely used to treat endometriosis. But in some cases, doctors recommend it "off label" in addition to hormonal therapy to manage endometriosis pain, as long as you aren’t planning to get pregnant while on this treatment.

SOURCES:

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development: "Endometriosis,” “What Are the Treatments for Endometriosis?”

Lebovic, D., Gordon, J., Taylor, R.   Scrub Hill Press, 2005. Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility,

Mayo Clinic: “Endometriosis Treatments.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Endometriosis (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on October 27, 2019

SOURCES:

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development: "Endometriosis,” “What Are the Treatments for Endometriosis?”

Lebovic, D., Gordon, J., Taylor, R.   Scrub Hill Press, 2005. Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility,

Mayo Clinic: “Endometriosis Treatments.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Endometriosis (Beyond the Basics).”

Reviewed by Traci C. Johnson on October 27, 2019

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