4 Treatments for Endometriosis You Should Know About

2. Hormonal Therapy for Endometriosis


Due to the hormonal influence, the areas affected by endometriosis go through a cycle similar to menstruation, which is why hormonal treatment can ease the pain by stopping the production of hormones such as estrogen in the ovaries.

The options for hormonal therapy include oral contraceptives, or birth control pills, which help make the period lighter, more regular, and shorter; progesterone and progestin, which can be taken as pills, injections, or through an intrauterine device (IUD); gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) agonists, which stop the production of certain hormones to prevent ovulation, menstruation, and the growth of endometriosis, or Danazol, a treatment that stops the release of hormones involved in the menstrual cycle.

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