Endometriosis Treatments Exposed!
By Kristi Patrice Carter
Being diagnosed with endometriosis can be a scary prospect for a young woman. It is a very painful condition that is linked with infertility. Because of this, it is important to get an early diagnosis and receive the best treatment for your endometriosis.
While there is no known cure for endometriosis, there are several treatments that can effectively treat the symptoms of endometriosis. Treatment will vary based on a patient’s age, desire to have children, their current health condition, and the severity of heir endometriosis. Based on this information, you will be able to discuss several treatment options with your doctor.
The first option is to not treat the endometriosis. In this case, your doctor would regularly monitor your condition. This option is a common option if a woman plans on trying to conceive in the immediate future. If, however, your doctor finds that your endometriosis should become more intense, you will need to explore another option.
The second option is the most common option. Endometriosis can be treated using hormone therapy. Several forms of birth control are very effective in providing this hormone therapy. This is a very effective treatment, but once the woman goes off the treatment, the endometriosis will return in one to two years. Most women opt for this treatment because it allows for the possibility of future fertility and does not involve an invasive surgery.
The third option is the Mirena Coil. This is a device that is placed in the uterus much like an IUD. This reduces the amount of blood during a woman’s period, reducing the amount of cells that can attach themselves and mutate in to endometriosis. It also relieves one of the most common complaints of endometriosis- extremely heavy periods. It also releases a lower level of the hormones contained in the birth control pills used to treat endometriosis.
This is a relatively new treatment, and it is not without controversy. There is an increased risk that the woman may develop ovarian cysts as a result of the Mirena Coil. This is because the hormones contained in the Mirena Coil are synthetic hormones. Another complication associate with the Mirena Coil is an increased risk of infection in the uterus.
A hysterectomy is also an option to treat endometriosis. There are many different types of hysterectomies, and if this is an option you are considering, you can discuss the different types of hysterectomies with your doctor. It is often recommended that you seek a second opinion when you are considering this option. Be advised that a large number of women experience a recurrence of their endometriosis after having a hysterectomy. This because it is not always possible to remove all of the scarring caused by endometriosis.
Be sure to discuss all of your available options with your doctor before making any treatment decisions. This will ensure that the treatment decision you reach will be an informed decision.