By Kristi Patrice Carter
When a woman hears a diagnosis of endometriosis, they are often very relieved to learn what has been the source of their problem. The next thing that the woman wants to learn about is the cure for endometriosis. At this point, most women become anxious because they learn that there is no known cure for endometriosis.
Endometriosis is a serious condition where endometrial cells that are usually released during the menstrual cycle spread and begin to grow throughout the woman’s reproductive system. Although these cells are not cancer cells, they do mimic cancer cells in the way they grow throughout the body and spread quickly. However, unlike cancer, endometriosis is not a possibly fatal condition.
Because no one really knows what causes endometriosis, no one yet knows how to cure endometriosis. There are, however, several effective treatments that will help alleviate the symptoms of endometriosis, but there is no known cure. Treatment also depends on the severity of your condition. If you have mild to moderate endometriosis, you may be able to treat the condition with hormones. If you have severe endometriosis, you may require surgery. Also, if you have a desire to become pregnant, your treatment will also be different.
One of the most common treatments for endometriosis is hormone treatment. This treatment is usually in the form of birth control pills. Many women find that this simple course of treatment works wonders. Of course, if you are trying to get pregnant, you will have to forego this treatment. If you plan on getting pregnant a year from your diagnosis, your doctor may have you go on the birth control pills in order to get your condition under control and protect your fertility.
When a woman has severe endometriosis and does not plan on having children, her doctor may discuss a hysterectomy with her. Some women are told that their endometriosis will be completely cured after they have a hysterectomy. This simply is not true. While it is possible to remove all of the endometriosis in one surgery, this is not often the case. Most women do, in fact, suffer a reoccurrence of their endometriosis after having a hysterectomy.
Some doctors will also prescribe a combined treatment of hormone therapy and surgery. They may be able remove some of the endometrial cells without removing all the reproductive organs. This is becoming a more popular procedure, especially for younger women with endometriosis. This surgery is usually performed on an out-patient basis, often in the doctor’s office. Again, this option is not a cure, but it is a very effective way of managing endometriosis.
Until medical researchers understand the causes of endometriosis, a cure for endometriosis is not likely. However, researchers are currently working to discover the causes of endometriosis. Once the causes are known, the cure will not be far behind.