There is currently no endometriosis cure, though there are treatments available which address the symptoms of the disease. To treat endometriosis, physicians may opt for pain medications, hormone therapy, surgical treatment, or a combination of treatments, while infertility associated with endometriosis is usually addressed through surgery or in vitro fertilization (IVF). The definition of a treatment plan for patients with endometriosis takes into consideration patients’ age, severity of the symptoms, severity of the disease, and whether women still want to have children or not. Despite the fact that scientists haven’t yet found a cure for endometriosis, numerous research projects are focused on improving the treatment of endometriosis and finding a cure.
The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the main public institution in the country focused on finding an endometriosis cure. “NICHD research on endometriosis aims to understand the causes of and mechanisms for the condition, to identify and develop effective ways to treat pain and infertility related to endometriosis, and even to find ways to prevent it from growing in the first place. These studies involve multiple NICHD organizational units and multiple disciplines, with the overarching goal of improving the quality of life for women who have the disorder and their families,” states the institute.