Medical treatment for endometriosis usually involves the gold standard laparoscopy. It is important to talk to your doctor and limit the amount of these procedures as it can increase scarring following each procedure, which may become a problem with conception as implantation can be affected.
Currently, there is still no absolute cure for endometriosis although in most patients menopause (natural or surgical) will abate the process. Nevertheless, a hysterectomy or removal of the ovaries will not guarantee that the endometriosis areas and/or the symptoms will not come back.
Medical management includes anti-inflammatories and pain medication; surgery; hormone treatments such as progesterone, the oral contraceptive pill and GnRH agonists; and steroids such as Danocrine. Danocrine inhibits the growth of endometriosis but its use is limited as it may cause hirsutism (excess hair growth).
In-vitro fertilisation (IVF) procedures are effective in improving fertility in many women with endometriosis. Laparoscopy to remove or vaporise the growths in women who have mild or minimal endometriosis is also effective in improving fertility. Some studies show that surgery can double the pregnancy rate.
In patients with small amounts of endometriosis, treatment with fertility medication may be successful. Although this is where natural medicine plays a role in powerful adjunct therapy in improving outcomes for endometriosis sufferers.
Here is a sneek preview as to what your naturopath can offer you: