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Endometriosis Pain Management - What Are My Options?

Endometriosis pain is the symptom that interferes most in the lives of the women who have the disease. Unfortunately, over the years, women have been lead to believe that pelvic pain, particularly when associated with their periods, is perfectly normal and is something that has to be lived with. This is simply not true and pelvic pain needs to be investigated.

The pain of endometriosis mostly occurs just before and during the woman's menstruating period but some women experience pelvic pain at other times as well. Pain at other times can be felt at ovulation, when urinating, passing a bowel movement, during or after sexual intercourse and is caused by endometrial adhesions in those areas. The endometriosis pain during menstruation is a strong, gripping cramp-like pain that can be debilitating for many women. It can last for a few hours or several days, varies in intensity between patients and even from one cycle to another.

The emotional pain of endometriosis cannot be discounted either. The physical pain causes emotional tension and stress, compounded by the fact that many people don't take endometriosis pain seriously. The emotional strain of trying to cope with the pain and the disruption to daily life adds to the misery of the disease. Though women, and society at large, may believe that pelvic pain is 'normal', there is a cause and this must be investigated.

So, what are your options for managing your endometriosis pain? The options available vary from medication and surgery, to changes in diet and lifestyle, to natural remedies and therapies. Some women find that a combination of more than one treatment is the most effective so it is important to try different options for yourself. Many women just treat themselves with Over the Counter analgesics, but there are more effective options.

Many doctors put women with suspected endometriosis on a course of oral contraceptives, as a means of controlling their pain. These drugs reduce the swelling of endometrial tissue, both inside and outside the uterus, lessen the volume of menstrual flow and this helps to reduce the pain.

Another group of drugs that are commonly used are the Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs, or NSAIDs. These relieve pain by reducing inflammation in the body and come in varying combinations of analgesia and anti-inflammatory properties. Some NSAIDs are prescription medication and others are Over the Counter preparations. Well-known anti-inflammatory drugs are ibuprofen, aspirin, ketoprofen and naproxen, sold under various brand names. Codeine is not recommended for treating endometriosis pain; it can lead to constipation which might make the symptoms worse.

GnRh Agonists are another group of endometriosis drugs; they are being used more and more in both the treatment of endometriosis and pain management. They affect the hormone levels in the body to induce a state similar to menopause, which gives the endometrial tissue a chance to shrink in size and so cause less discomfort and pain. Unfortunately, some of these drugs have adverse side-effects, although these differ between patients.

Some doctors advocate surgery to remove some of the embedded endometrial tissue, particularly if the woman is experiencing infertility caused by her endometriosis. Usually, medication is the first option, after which surgery may be a viable choice. You need to discuss this with your doctor.

Natural remedies and treatments have become more widely used and accepted in the treatment of many medical conditions and there are natural options for the management of endometriosis pain. There are several natural herbal and vitamin supplements that are being used by women for endometriosis pain management, together with dietary and lifestyle changes that boost the immune system and increase the feeling of well-being and energy.

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