It’s still March, so it’s still Endometriosis Awareness Month! Today we’ll be looking at endometriosis treatment questions and answers. If you missed the first two posts in this series, you can click to read more about an overview of endometriosis as well as info about diagnosing endometriosis.
Why are there so many treatment options? Which one is best?
There are so many options because there is no “magic bullet” option — that is, no single treatment that works best for everyone. The two main categories of treatment include medication and surgery, but each option has its own benefits and drawbacks. When deciding on the best option for a given individual, some helpful questions to consider might be:
- Do I have any current health concerns that would render some treatments unsafe? What types of health risks are acceptable to me?
- Am I currently trying to conceive, or will I be in the next six to 12 months? Will I ever want to be pregnant in the future?
- Aside from significant health risks, what types of factors — side effects, treatment frequency or duration, cost — would make a treatment difficult for me? How long do I need this treatment to last before I can reevaluate?
For specific questions, your best bet is to check with your health care provider. Continue reading