TREATING AND MANAGING ENDOMETRIOSIS
Currently, there is no cure for endometriosis. The different treatments available aim to reduce the severity of symptoms and improve the quality of life for someone living with the condition.
Treatment for endometriosis at any given point will depend upon a range of factors including age, current symptoms, clinical history, the extent of the condition, co-morbidities, cultural considerations, and your preferences and priorities which may include pain management and / or fertility.
Excision surgery (as opposed to laser ablation or electrocoagulation/diathermy) is the gold standard of treating endometriosis and highly-skilled endometriosis surgeons can excise (remove) endometriosis and adhesions during a laparoscopy to restore anatomy and improve fertility during this diagnostic procedure.
You can download our 'Surgical Treatment for Endometriosis' factsheet here
As endometriosis responds and grows when exposed to the female hormone oestrogen, several hormone treatments attempt to block or reduce the production of oestrogen in the body.
This means the endometriosis will be unable to continue growing and will help to relive symptoms, making the treatment effective in treating the pain associated with endometriosis.
Hormonal treatments can be used on their own or in combination with surgical treatment and / or analgesics (pain relief).
Download our 'Hormonal Treatment for Endometriosis' factsheet here.
Pain Relief Treatment
Pain is a symptom of endometriosis and there are various pain relief and pain management options available.
Pain medication does not prevent the growth of endometriosis; however, the management of pain is an important part of managing the condition.
It is important to understand how different medications work and should be taken, to improve their effectiveness.
You can download our 'Analgesic (Pain Medication) Treatment for Endometriosis Factsheet here.
Pain Management Techniques
Many people find that other pain management techniques help to manage their pain and techniques can be implemented and managed by the individual without relying on medical interventions.
Pain management techniques include using heat, a TENS machine, aromatherapy, self-hypnosis, and implementing relaxation, pacing and distracting techniques.
You can also download our 'Pain Management Techniques for Endometriosis' factsheet here.