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What are the treatments for endometriosis?

There is currently no cure for endometriosis, but there are treatment options for pain and infertility related to endometriosis.

Health care providers consider several factors when determining the best treatment for endometriosis symptoms, including:

  • Your age
  • How severe your symptoms are
  • How severe the disease is
  • Whether you want children

It is also important to note that not all treatments work well for all women with endometriosis. Similarly, there is always the chance that the endometriosis symptoms may return after the treatment is stopped or, in the case of surgery, as more time passes since the procedure.

  • Treatments for Pain from Endometriosis

  • Treatments for Infertility Related to Endometriosis

Citations

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