Treatments for Endometriosis

Below is a listing of treatments and therapies for endometriosis. Click on one to read more information or connect with others currently using it.

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  • Acupuncture

    Overview
    Acupuncture is a Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practice that has been used for thousands of years to treat a wide range of illnesses. Some women with endometriosis have utilized acupuncture to re... read more

  • Aygestin (Norethindrone)

    Overview
    Aygestin is a prescription drug that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1973 to prevent pregnancy. Aygestin is also prescribed to treat symptoms of endometriosis. Aygestin may b... read more

  • Aygestin, Errin, Primolut N (Norethisterone)

    Overview
    Norethisterone is a prescription drug that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1973 to prevent pregnancy. Norethisterone is also prescribed to treat symptoms of endometriosis. No... read more

  • Cataflam (Diclofenac)

    Overview
    Cataflam is a prescription medication that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1988 to treat mild to moderate pain associated with menstruation. It is also known by its drug name... read more

  • Chiropractic treatment

    Overview
    Chiropractic is a health treatment that aims to correct problems with the muscles, nerves, and skeletal system. Some women try chiropractic treatment for pain, heavy bleeding, and discomfort caused by... read more

  • Codeine

    Overview

    Codeine is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2009 as an analgesic (pain reliever) for mild to moderately severe pain. In women with endometriosis, Codeine can... read more

  • Danocrine (Danazol)

    Overview
    Danocrine is a prescription drug that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1976 to treat endometriosis. Danocrine is not considered a first-line treatment for endometriosis due to... read more

  • Depo-Provera (Medroxyprogesterone)

    Overview
    Depo-Provera is a prescription drug that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1992 to prevent pregnancy. Depo-Provera is also prescribed to treat symptoms of endometriosis. Depo-P... read more

  • Electrocoagulation

    Overview
    Electrocoagulation is one technique used to destroy endometrial implants during excision surgery. The other techniques frequently u... read more

  • Electrosurgery

    Overview
    Electrosurgery is one technique used to cut away endometrial implants during excision surgery. The other techniques frequently used... read more

  • Elestrin (Estradiol)

    Overview
    Elestrin is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1954 to treat menopause symptoms. In cases of endometriosis, Elestrin is prescribed to reduce menopause-like... read more

  • Endometrial ablation

    Overview
    Menorrhagia, or excessive bleeding during menstruation, is a common symptom of endometriosis. Endometrial ablation is a procedure that destroys the endometrium, or lining of the uterus, to treat menor... read more

  • Errin (Norethindrone)

    Overveiw
    Errin is a prescription drug that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1973 to prevent pregnancy. Errin is also prescribed to treat symptoms of endometriosis. Errin may be referre... read more

  • Estrace (Estradiol)

    Overview
    Estrace is a prescription medication approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1984 to treat menopause symptoms. In cases of endometriosis, Estrace is prescribed to reduce menopause-like ... read more

  • Excision

    Overview
    Excision is surgery to cut away endometrial implants. Excision is considered conservative surgery because you retain all of your organs and function, unlike a radical surgery such as hysterectomy. Exc... read more

  • Heating pad

    Overview
    A heating pad can provide comfort and relief from cramps and pain caused by endometriosis.

    What does it involve?
    A heating pad is an inexpensive and portable way to obtain some relief from ... read more

  • Hysterectomy

    Overview

    Hysterectomy is surgery to remove the uterus. In cases where a hysterectomy is being performed to treat endometriosis, oophorecto... read more

  • Ibuprofen

    Overview
    Ibuprofen is an over-the-counter medication used to treat pain, fever, and inflammation. It is sold under the brand names Motrin and Advil. Stronger doses of Ibuprofen are available by prescription. I... read more

  • Laparoscopic uterosacral nerve ablation (LUNA)

    Overview
    Laparoscopic uterosacral nerve ablation (LUNA) is a surgery to cut the nerves that connect the uterus to the brain to relieve pain associated with endometriosis. LUNA may also be referred to as uterin... read more

  • Laparoscopy

    Overview
    Laparoscopy is the technique most frequently used in surgeries for endometriosis, including diagnostic surgery and excision. Laparo... read more

  • Laparotomy

    Overview
    Laparotomy is a surgical technique used in cases of severe or extensive endometriosis. Laparotomy is used only when laparoscopy ... read more

  • Lupron (Leuprorelin)

    Overview
    Lupron is a prescription drug that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1995 to treat prostate cancer. Lupron is also prescribed to treat symptoms of endometriosis. Lupron may be ... read more

  • Mirena (Levonorgestrel)

    Overview
    Mirena is an intrauterine implant approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1990 to prevent pregnancy. Mirena is also prescribed to treat symptoms of endometriosis. Mirena is most commonly... read more

  • Norethindrone (Norethisterone)

    Overview
    Norethisterone is a prescription drug that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1973 to prevent pregnancy. Norethisterone is also prescribed to treat symptoms of endometriosis. No... read more

  • Oophorectomy

    Overview
    Oophorectomy is surgery to remove the ovaries. Oophorectomy may be unilateral (one ovary removed) or bilateral (both ovaries removed). Oophorectomy may also be referred to as an ovariectomy. If the fa... read more

  • Physical therapy

    Overview
    Endometriosis causes changes to the pelvic cavity that can contribute to pain, swelling, and bloating. Physical therapy focused on improving the condition of the pelvic floor can help improve some end... read more

  • Presacral neurectomy

    Overview
    Presacral neurectomy is a surgery to cut or interrupt the nerves that connect the uterus to the brain to relieve pain associated with endometriosis.

    What does it involve?
    Take time choosin... read more

  • Primolut N (Norethindrone)

    Overview
    Primolut N is a prescription drug that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1973 to prevent pregnancy. Primolut N is also prescribed to treat symptoms of endometriosis. Primolut N... read more

  • Prometrium (Progesterone)

    Overview
    Prometrium is a prescription drug that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1998 to prevent endometrial hyperplasia and secondary amenorrhea. Prometrium is also prescribed to trea... read more

  • Provera (Medroxyprogesterone)

    Overview
    Provera is a prescription drug that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1959. Provera is prescribed to prevent pregnancy and treat symptoms of endometriosis. Provera may be ref... read more

  • Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS)

    Overview

    For thousands of years, people have known that electrical stimulation can provide pain relief. A transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) device is a small, portable machine that generates... read more

  • Tylenol (Acetaminophen, Paracetamol)

    Overview
    Tylenol is an over-the-counter medication used to relieve pain and fever. Tylenol is also known by the drug names Acetaminophen and Paracetamol.

    Tylenol should be used with caution by people who h... read more

  • Yoga

    Overview
    Yoga is an ancient system of movement, breathing, and meditation developed in India. The right yoga class can provide many benefits for women with endometriosis.

    What does it involve?
    Yoga ... read more

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