For many woman suffering from endometriosis, hormone therapy is sufficient to put an end to the internal bleeding and pelvic pain. Our ObGyns can prescribe medications that reduce the amount of estrogen the body produces – which results in lighter periods and less menstrual bleeding. Some hormonal medications can even stop periods entirely – which also serves to minimize any inflammation, as well as makes scarring and/or ovarian cysts less likely.
Our ObGyns may also prescribe contraceptives that contain both estrogen and progestin, including: birth control pills, patches, or rings. In some case our gynecologists may prescribe progestin-only contraceptives such as birth control pills, shots, and IUDs to eliminate menstrual periods completely.
We also sometimes use Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (Gn-RH) drugs to block the production of ovarian-stimulating hormones. This causes the woman’s endometrial tissue to shrink. In other cases progestin inhibitors and aromatase inhibitors may be prescribed.