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Can hormone therapy help treat endometriosis pain?

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Hormone therapy may be a good choice if pain medicines don't help enough. Doctors can prescribe medicines that cut down on how much estrogen your body makes. There are also hormonal meds that can prevent your menstrual period and make areas affected by endometriosis bleed less. That cuts down on inflammation and makes scars and the formation of ovarian cysts less likely.

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 Arefa Cassoobhoy on August 6, 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 Arefa Cassoobhoy on August 6, 2019

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