Depending how severe your symptoms are and whether you want to consider getting pregnant in the future are important factors to contemplate before choosing a treatment. For instance, not everyone experiences pain with endometriosis and you may at a point in life when more children are not desired. Treatments can include:
- Pain medications and anti-inflammatories (NSAIDS) may be prescribed to relieve cramping and discomfort.
- Hormonal-based therapies can also be used to modulate your menstrual cycle. This may help control symptoms and keep the disease from getting worse.
- If these don’t work or growths are affecting your other organs, minimally invasive surgery will likely be needed. This will include the use of advanced robotics to help remove the tissue and adhesions related to the disease, restoring the pelvic area to as close to normal as possible.
- If your disease and symptoms are more advanced or severe, and you have no future pregnancy plans, you may choose to have a hysterectomy. In this case it includes removing the uterus, both ovaries, both fallopian tubes and remaining scar tissue.
Alternative and complementary treatments may include traditional medicine, nutritional approaches, homeopathy and immune therapy, as well as new medicine options.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, contact Karen Wiercinski, RN, BSN, Women’s Health Clinical Care Coordinator at (407) 303-4424.