Conventional Endometriosis Treatment
endometriosis treatment (as opposed to alternative
endometriosis treatments) is a bunch of methods that
more or less work to alleviate the symptoms. Some of them are
actually harming you more than you can know. The essence is that
these treatments neither cure nor heal. Usually, when you stop
applying the method, the endo returns, often worse than it was.
Read this page to learn what you can expect from your medical
doctor, then read about alternative
endometriosis treatments and decide what
will you do.
Conventional Endometriosis Treatment For Pain
Take the usual pain killers or something from the group of remedies
called NSAID, which stands for
Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs. These remedies reduce pain
(analgesic effect), fever (antipyretic effect) and inflammation
(anti-inflammatory effect) and -- which is most unusual -- they
are not habit forming. Aspirin and ibuprofen are two of the most
well-known members of this group.
Once you are in pain, do take one of these,
but then immediately start searching for the permanent improvement
of your endo condition. (If you can give a Reiki treatment to yourself,
or if there is someone that can give you a Reiki treatment, the
pain will subside, and you will get healed at the same time.)
Pain medication are usually taken together
with other treatments.
Conventional Endometriosis Treatment
Since endometriosis is connected to monthly
periods, the logic is that if you manage to suppress the hormones,
the endometriosis should subside as the consequence. The agents
called the Gonadotropin
Releasing Hormone (GnRH) Agonists increase
the levels of GnRH, which in the end downregulates the the GnRH
receptors. Then the FSH and LH hormones decrease, which in turn
decrease estrogen and progesterone levels. Well-known GnRH substances
- leuprolide (Lupron,
- buserelin (Suprefact,
- nafarelin (Synarel),
- goserelin (Zoladex),
The GnRH may not be taken for long, eventually
for a few months, not more. Lupron is especially famous for its
adverse effects on women's bodies and is usually given before some
types of endometrial ablation procedures.
Gonadotropin releasing hormone agonists induce
menopausal symptoms, and over time may lead to osteoporosis.
To counteract such side effects some estrogen may have to be
given back (add-back therapy).
Pregnancy and Childbirth
In the same line of thought, pregnancy
and childbirth change the
hormonal balance and in isolated cases it may be a flow of events
that leads to stopping the endometriosis. If it happens that way,
all good and well, and if not... oh well.
Conventional Endometriosis Treatment with Hormone Suppression
suppression therapy reduces or eliminates
menstrual flow and estrogen support. Its effects come slowly and
the patient must be in this therapy for years. Endometriosis
is often the result of estrogen dominance, and progesterone
is the natural counterfit. It inhibits the growth
of the endometrium.
Progestins are commercial substitutes for natural
progesterone, i.e. they are synthetic hormones which have almost
the same properties as the natural progesterone. (Pharmaceutical
companies cannot have a patent on a natural substance such as progesterone,
but are granted patents for similar substances... For the patient,
it would be best to have the best, but it doesn't work that way
in this case.)
Well-known progestins are:
||available in brand name
|| Ortho-Novum and Ovcon,
||Ortho Tricyclen, Ortho-Cyclen
Most patients take progestins in the form of
anti-baby pill. And conversely, some women that stop taking the
pill may find out that they have sharper symptoms of the endometriosis
than those they can remember.
Avoiding Xenoestrogens as an Endometriosis
It appears that there are many xenoestrogens --
substances that imitate and enhance the effect of estrogens. Xenoestrogens
appeared in the last 70 years, so it is a relatively new phenomenon.
They are found sunscreen lotions, food preservation, weedkiller,
plasticizers, PVC, various insecticides, red dye, lubricants, adhesives,
paints, by-product from detergents and spermicides, lotions etc.
It is quite an irony that when they first
appeared on the market, many of the progesterone substitutes
contained parabenes -- the xenoestrogenic substance in lotions.
So women were applying artificial progesterone to reduce estrogen
levels, not knowing that at the same time they would increasing
them, through parabenes... Within the last year or two, the producers
came to their senses, so now it is common to see progesterone
creams without parabenes -- always check for this when buying!
Avoiding xenoestrogens is not yet a conventional
endometriosis treatment, but it is important to raise the general
awareness that they should be avoided, at least, in cases of
acute pain and discomfort.
Conventional Endometriosis Treatment with Birth Control Pills
This is the most usual form of treating endo.
Monthly bleedings become light or almost non-existing. For many
patients this extends to many, many years of "taking the pill"
-- young women that haven't given birth yet but would like to be
able to one day, should better rethink their position in life.
There is no guarantee that once you are off the pill, the
endocrine system would start working like a clock and they will
be able to get pregnant just like that.
The presence of endometriosis means you have
an inherited genetical weakness, and unless you confront that one
day, you are just shutting yourself from reality.
Suppresive Steroids with Androgenic Activity as a Conventional
If you had a perfect hormonal mix, you would
have never had endometriosis in the first place. But there is something
wrong with your hormonal mix, and the idea of using "suppresive
steroids with androgenic activity" is to change the mix by
increasing the male hormones factor. Endo reacts fairly well to
such a treatment, but it cannot last foever, because the typical
male characteristics start showing: hirsutism,
irregular menstrual periods, deepening of the voice and increased muscle mass.
excessive and increased hair growth
in women in locations where the occurrence of terminal hair normally is minimal
Two common examples are Danazol (Danocrine)
and gestrinone. Danazol is modified testosterone.
It decreases the pituitary hormones FSH and LH and
exerts an antiproliferative effect upon the endometrium,
leading to amenorrhea,
the absence of a menstrual period in a woman of reproductive age.
This effect is useful for patients with endometriosis. Danazol will often improve
pelvic pain associated with endometriosis is.
Conventional Endometriosis Treatment with Aromatase Inhibitors
Yet another way to block excessive estrogen
is through aromatase inhibitors, chemicals which inhibit conversion
of androgens into estrogens. This research in the field of endometriosis
is relatively new, so aromatase inhibitors are still not regarded
as a conventional endometriosis treatment.
Surgery as a Conventional Endometriosis Treatments
Surgical treatment is usually a good choice if endometriosis
is extensive, or very painful. Surgical treatments range from
minor to major surgical procedures.
Laparoscopy is very useful not only to diagnose
endometriosis, but to treat it. With the use of scissors, cautery,
lasers, hydrodissection, or a sonic scalpel, endometriotic tissue
can be ablated or removed in an attempt to restore normal anatomy.
Laparotomy (classical surgery) can be used
for more extensive surgery either in attempt to restore normal
anatomy, or at least preserve reproductive potential.
Hysterectomy should be the
very last option. In many cases, it will just not solve anything,
it all depends on where the scarred tissues already are.
In cases of extreme pain, a presacral
neurectomy may be performed -- cutting
the nerves that lead to the uterus. This procedure is controversial,
to say the least. In many cases the pain returns and is even
worse than before... not a happy prospect for the rest of your
life, is it!?
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