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There are a number of options for treating and managing endometriosis . These include lifestyle changes, medication, and surgery. There is a risk of persistence, despite treatment. There is also a risk of relapse after treatment.


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The goals of treatment are to control pain, slow the growth of endometrial tissue, and restore fertility, if desired. The choice of preferred treatment depends on your age, the severity of your symptoms, where the endometrial tissue is growing, how large the growths are, and your desire for pregnancy.

Treatment involves the following:

Lifestyle changes


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Last reviewed September 2015 by Andrea Chisholm, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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