The Treatment Options for Endometriosis

In this video from WXII 12 News, Dr. Erika Johnston from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in North Carolina, explains that endometriosis is a common condition that affects around 10 percent of women.

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Dr. Johnston explains that the disease causes uterine tissue to grow outside of the uterus. If left untreated, it can then attach itself to other organs causing severe pain and possible infertility. Women who experience symptoms of endometriosis often think they’re just having bad menstrual pain, not realizing it’s much more serious.

For years, a hysterectomy was considered the best course of treatment for endometriosis, but now there are hormone treatments, pain medications and less-invasive surgical techniques to help women with the condition.

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