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I have been diagnosed with endometriosis and have been prescribed aygestin (norethindrone) 5 mg/day. My stomach seems to be extremely hard. Help?

I have been diagnosed with endometriosis and have been prescribed aygestin (norethindrone) 5 mg/day. My stomach seems to be extremely hard. Help?

Not sure about: Aygestin (norethindrone) itself causing a hard stomach per say but some patients complain of bloating and abdominal discomfort when they start the medication. It can be self limited. Also i'd want to know more about how your endometriosis was diagnosed to better inform you, but ultimately, i would recommend talking to your doctor about this. ...Read more

Dr. Michael Traub
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Endometriosis (Definition)

An abnormal condition where the lining tissue of the uterus, is located outside the uterus. The displaced tissue, just like the tissue lining the uterus, bleeds during each menstrual cycle. Endometriosis can be very painful, and can result ...Read more


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Has anyone had success on femara (letrozole) and norethindrone for endometriosis?

Has anyone had success on femara (letrozole) and norethindrone for endometriosis?

Hormonal treatment: Femara (letrozole) inhibits the formation of estrogen within the endometriosis tissue. Aromatase inhibitors, formerly used to treat some breast cancer, have been successful in the treatment of endometriosis. Norethindrone, a Progesterone is also successful in some cases. ...Read more

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Are femara (letrozole) and norethindrone used for stage 4 endometriosis?

Are femara (letrozole) and norethindrone used for stage 4 endometriosis?

Not very successfull: No medical treatment has ever been shown to be effective in treating stage IV endo. This stage means that there is deeply invasive endo usually between the rectum and vagina or cervix. Endo nodules are by definition deeper than 5mm, and the hormones can't penetrate well and they don't respond. You need a surgeon very experienced in complex procedures to remove the endo. ...Read more

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Is endometriosis hereditary

Is endometriosis hereditary

Yes.: Not all patients with endometriosis have a family history, but many do. If you are having pelvic pain, severe pain with your periods or pain on penetration with intercourse, you should see your gynecologist. While you can not see endometriosis on an ultrasound, you can see other sources of pelvic pain. Robotic laparoscopic surgery is the best way to see endometriosis. ...Read more

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Can endometriosis be cured?

Can endometriosis be cured?

Managed: Cured might be a stretch. It can be surgicaly treated and removed, and medically managed. With treatment, the symptoms can be minimized or eliminated. ...Read more

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How painful is endometriosis?

How painful is endometriosis?

Variable: In some women, even a large amount of endometriosis causes no pain. In other women a small amount causes significant pain. Women feel a variety of different pain symptoms and the severity is different from person to person. It can be debilitating or it can be very mild. ...Read more

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What's done for endometriosis?

What's done for endometriosis?

Endometriosis: Surgery is the gold standard, and reduces the amount/extent of disease. The most effective medical treatment is the drug lupron(r). It is costly with some side effects, but is safe and often as good for pain as surgery. The injectible contraceptive depo-provera gives mixed results. A much older drug, danazol, is mostly no longer used. ...Read more

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Can you die from endometriosis?

Never: Endometriosis, though sometimes quite painful, is never a diagnosis that would lead to death. Very severe forms of endometriosis can cause endometrial tissues to affect various internal organs and cause bleeding but that's incredibly rare. ...Read more

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What is inactive endometriosis,?

Endometriosis: Patches of endometrial tissue—normally occurring only in the lining of the uterus (endometrium)—appear outside the uterus. The misplaced endometrial tissue responds to hormones as normal endometrial tissue, it can bleed and cause pain. When it is inactive, the patches of endometrium remain quiet and do not bleed or cause pain for some time. ...Read more

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What are endometriosis symptoms?

What are endometriosis symptoms?

Different symptoms..: It depends where the lesions are located and what is the severity. It could be quite asymptomatic to sever pelvic pain, infertility and irregular periods... Remember all these symptoms could be due to some other diseases too. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of endometriosis?

What are symptoms of endometriosis?

See below: Typical symptoms of endometriosis include: painful period, painful sexual intercourse, and infertility. There is no significant correlation between severity of pain and degree of endometriosis Many patients with endometriosis do not have any symptoms. The gold standard of diagnosis of endometriosis is through laparoscopy. ...Read more

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How to know if I have endometriosis?

Biopsy: The only way to confirm endometriosis is during a laparoscopy where you get biopsies taken from the possible lesions. Anything else is just clinical suspicion. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of endometriosis?

Pain: pain in pelvis, belly, sometime low back just before or during period that gets better when period over is number one symptom. If you suspect this, please see your gym provider. Treatments available. Hope this was helpful. Dr. R ...Read more

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Any noninvasive tests for endometriosis?

Any noninvasive tests for endometriosis?

CA-125: That is a blood test. If it is normal it is not helpful. In appropriate women, if it is elevated it may suggest endometriosis. An ultrasound may also suggest an endometrioma (endometriosis cyst on the ovary). But a true diagnosis requires surgery. ...Read more

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How is endometriosis typically treated?

Combination: Depending on symptoms endometriosis is treated with a combination of medications and surgery. The only sure way to diagnose endometriosis is to see the lesions during surgery. If seen the lesions are usually removed. ...Read more

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How to determine if I have endometriosis?

Laparoscopy: Only surgical excision of endometriosis and pathological examination can tell you for sure. You may have symptoms that suggest it but it requires tissue to make a diagnosis. ...Read more

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How could i tell if I have endometriosis?

How could i tell if I have endometriosis?

See your doctor: These symptoms can only be adequately diagnosed only after a thorough evaluation by your doctor. This may include labs and other satudies. Once all of the information is in, your doctor can let you know what's going on, and what to do to help you. ...Read more

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How would I know that I have endometriosis?

Menstrual pain a lot: If having a lot of menstrual pain, see the ob-gyn. Endometriosis is a serious problem in which little pieces of tissue (similar to the lining of the uterus that bleeds and sheds each month) are trapped inside one's pelvis and abdomen. With each menstrual period the trapped tissue sheds and bleeds on the inside of the abdomen (the blood has no way to leave the body), causing much pain and cramping. ...Read more

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Dr. Paula Bernstein
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Norethindrone (Definition)

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Aygestin (Definition)

Aygestin is a progestin-based agent which is a kind of women's ...Read more