Medications to Treat Endometriosis

Find medications to treat endometriosis

Our Austin endometriosis doctors are experts in diagnosing and treating this frustrating and often-painful condition. Medications used to treat endometriosis can help many women find relief from symptoms such as heavy periods and pain. In some cases, medications alone can resolve the condition and a woman will not need surgery.

Understanding medications to treat endometriosis

Medications to treat endometriosis include supplemental hormones, which may be able to reduce or eliminate the pain of the condition. A woman’s endometrial implants thicken and then bleed in response to the rising and falling hormone levels during her menstrual cycle. Our Austin endometriosis doctors may prescribe hormone medications to slow endometrial tissue growth and prevent new endometrial implants.

Some common medications to treat endometriosis include:

  • Birth control pills can help control a woman’s hormones, improve endometriosis symptoms and pain, and give her a shorter, lighter period. Progestin-only contraceptives can also stop a woman’s period and prevent the growth of endometrial implants, which can relieve endometriosis symptoms.
  • Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (Gn-RH) agonists and antagonists temporarily lower estrogen levels, block the production of ovarian-stimulating hormones and stop a woman’s period. This can shrink endometrial tissue and may improve symptoms.

Medications to treat endometriosis are not a permanent solution, and a woman’s symptoms can return if she stops taking the drugs. However, hormone medications can help some women manage their symptoms.

Options other than medications to treat endometriosis

In some cases, our Austin endometriosis doctors may recommend surgery to help women overcome the condition, especially if a woman has severe symptoms or wants to become pregnant.

All of our Austin endometriosis doctors are highly trained surgeons with years of experience using laparoscopic surgery to remove endometrial implants while preserving a woman’s uterus and ovaries. This minimally invasive surgery can relieve endometriosis pain and restore fertility.

Laparoscopic endometriosis surgery involves two basic steps:

  • The endometriosis surgeon must first use endometriosis laparoscopic diagnosis to confirm the presence of the condition. The patient is under general anesthesia while the surgeon makes a small incision in the patient’s belly button to insert a laparoscope (a thin, lighted instrument) and view the pelvic organs.
  • During the diagnostic procedure, the surgeon can also treat the endometriosis. Through one or two more tiny incisions, the surgeon will insert additional surgical tools to treat the condition and remove scar tissue.

Contact us to schedule an appointment with our Austin endometriosis doctors to learn more about medications to treat endometriosis and minimally invasive surgical options. Treatment can relieve your symptoms and restore your fertility.