Is There an Endometriosis Cure?

endometriosis cure

Endometriosis excision surgery is currently the only proven treatment that reliably and effectively eradicates the disease.

Key facts summarized

  • Endometriosis excision surgery is currently the only proven treatment that reliably and effectively eradicates the disease. In the vast majority of patients excision is a curative procedure i.e. after the procedure the disease is eradicated and does not recur. Women who undergo complete excision of their endometriosis can remain disease free for the rest of their lives.
  • No miracle pill, diet or hormone therapy exists that cures endometriosis. Hormones, dietary adjustments, supplements, and herbal remedies can at best result in a reduction in symptoms. They do not resolve the disease itself and if the therapy is discontinued the symptoms will typically return in full force in a short period of time. Non-invasive treatments are at best palliative – they help manage the symptoms of the disease but do not cure the disease.
  • Endometriosis excision surgery will treat the lesions of endometriosis and the pain associated with these lesions. It does not, however, treat other conditions that may co-occur or even result from endometriosis. Symptoms arising from these related conditions may persist despite excision surgery and may require additional treatments in order to restore a patient back to optimal health. For some of these conditions, continued care may be required.

“Endometriosis” and “cure” are rarely seen together in the same sentence. After all, endometriosis is supposed to be a chronic recurrent disease that always comes back, and for many patients this mantra is borne out in their personal experience with the disease; they undergo repeated failed surgeries and hormone therapies without relief or at best any relief is short-lived and the same old symptoms recur within time.

To confuse matters, endometriosis and pelvic pain are often treated as being synonymous. If the pain returns following previous treatment the patient and her doctor may inadvertently assume that this is an indication of the return of the disease. Pelvic pain, however, is frequently multifactorial in nature, which means the return or persistence of pelvic pain symptoms may not necessarily point to recurrence of previously diagnosed endometriosis. Endometriosis may end up being blamed for other related gynecological conditions that often co-exist with it, such as adenomyosis, pelvic floor dysfunction, adhesion-related pain and interstitial cystitis (painful bladder syndrome).

So, as you can see, the question as to whether or not endometriosis has a cure is far from straightforward!

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Is There an Endometriosis Cure?
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Is there an endometriosis cure? There are effective treatments for endometriosis and pelvic pain but hard to say there is a cure for everyone.

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Summary
Article Name
Is There an Endometriosis Cure?
Description
Is there an endometriosis cure? There are effective treatments for endometriosis and pelvic pain but hard to say there is a cure for everyone.