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Endometriosis Is There a Permanent Cure?

While there are several treatment options available for endometriosis, a permanent cure for endometriosis does not yet exist. Even with no permanent, quick-fix endometriosis cure yet available, many women find that they are able to manage their condition to the point where it doesn't seriously impact their daily lives.

So, what can you do to manage your endometriosis symptoms? When you are first diagnosed, your doctor will recommend a particular type of treatment that is suitable for your age, your symptoms and their severity, the stage your endometriosis has reached, your medical history and whether you intend to start a family.

There are several treatment options but no real scientific evidence that any one treatment should be recommended over another. Your doctor will select a treatment to improve your symptoms, reduce or eliminate the endometrial implants and maximise your chances of conception if pregnancy is your goal.

The observational approach might be selected by your doctor if your symptoms are not troublesome and your endometriosis has not advanced beyond Stage I. The progress of your condition is carefully monitored by your doctor or gynecologist.

The first option often selected by doctors is the oral contraceptive pill. Because this type of medication prevents ovulation, it also tends to stabilize menstruation and its symptoms. This means that the endometrium (lining of the uterus) is not stimulated to the same degree every month; the endometriosis implants react in the same way and so they cause fewer symptoms for the patient. For many women, this is the only treatment they need to manage their endometriosis symptoms and live a normal life. Obviously, if the woman wants to have a baby, this treatment is not an option.

There are other hormone treatment options that might be considered for you. These therapies are used in an attempt to slow or stop the growth of endometriosis; they are used as both a short-term and a long-term approach. You may have oral medication or injections.

Surgery can be an option for some women. Laparoscopy surgery is the most reliable diagnostic tool for locating endometriosis, and some lesions may be removed during this procedure. Surgical removal of endometrial implants is only a possibility under certain circumstances. For some patients, a hysterectomy (surgical removal of the uterus) and oophorectomy (surgical removal of the ovaries) is a final stage of treatment that is an effective endometriosis cure, but this is a drastic step and one to that is not an option for many women.

Pregnancy appears to improve endometriosis symptoms in many women; they may even disappear completely during the third trimester. Unfortunately, this is only a temporary situation and the condition will usually return a few years later. Pregnancy offers a respite, not a cure.

Menopause also seems to resolve endometriosis; most women, who have had endometriosis, report that their symptoms disappear when menopause starts. The endometriosis implants cannot survive without their reproductive hormones.

Many women find that a combination of treatments, pain medication and natural therapies offer the best cure for their symptoms and give them the best chance at living a normal life. It is important to realize that endometriosis is a chronic disease and so there is a high rate of recurrence, regardless of the type of treatment that has been used. Around 20% or patients will have endometriosis recur within 12 months of treatment but a high 50% will experience recurrence before 5 years.

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