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How do hormones help with endometriosis?

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Hormonal therapy minimizes the amount of estrogen your body makes and it prevents your period. This helps lesions bleed less, which decreases inflammation, scarring, and cyst formation. Common prescriptions include:

  • Birth control pills, patches, and vaginal rings
  • Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (Gn-RH) agonists and antagonists (elagolix sodium/Orilissa, leuprolide/Lupron and Synarel)
  • Progestin-only contraceptives
  • Danazol (Danocrine)

From: Endometriosis WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on February 12, 2019

Medically Reviewed on 02/12/2019

SOURCES: Cleveland Clinic Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

National Institutes of Health.

Mayo Clinic: “Endometriosis.”

Endometriosis.org: “Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on February 12, 2019

SOURCES: Cleveland Clinic Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

National Institutes of Health.

Mayo Clinic: “Endometriosis.”

Endometriosis.org: “Symptoms, Causes, Diagnosis.”

Reviewed by Nivin Todd on February 12, 2019

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