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Can hormone therapy help treat endometriosis pain?

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Taking hormone birth control can stop the heavy menstrual bleeding that generally accompanies endometriosis. Your doctor may advise you to take hormonal birth control on a continuous basis for three or more months to prevent you from having your period. The most common hormones that doctors prescribe for endometriosis include:

Birth control pills patches, and vaginal rings. These contraceptives include both estrogen and progestin.

Progestin-only contraceptives. These include pills, shots, and an IUD (intrauterine device). These medicines can cut down on pain, as most women don’t have a period while taking these medicines, or at least have fewer periods.

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 28, 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 28, 2019

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