May 24, 2018

Treatment of Endometriosis

The treatment of endometriosis is by either medicine or surgery. Medicine treatment of endometriosis is done by either birth control pills, progesterone, or Lupron. Birth control pills and progesterone treat the endometriosis by decreasing the amount of bleeding each month. This decreases the stimulation of the existing endometriosis and also decreases the amount of new endometriosis that forms.

Lupron is a menopause medicine that temporarily stops the stimulation of endometriosis. Lupron stops endometriosis by stopping the production of estrogen and progesterone from the ovaries. When no estrogen and progesterone is made from the ovaries, the endometriosis is completely inactive and does not cause pain or scarring.

Surgical treatment of endometriosis involves laparoscopic removal of endometriosis. Laparoscopic surgery is done using a camera placed through a one quarter inch incision in the belly button. Two or three other incisions also one quarter inch in diameter are placed in various areas in the abdomen for surgical instruments. Laparoscopic treatment of endometriosis completely removes all visible spots of endometriosis and scar tissue using a laser. Laser laparoscopic treatment of endometriosis is the best way to treat the pain of endometriosis. This is because all spots of endometriosis are removed, therefore the body no longer needs to respond using inflammation and scarring. The scar tissue that is present as a result of the existing endometriosis is also removed at the time of surgery. The removal of scar tissue markedably decreases the pain that is present all throughout the month, at ovulation, and with intercourse.