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Doctor insights on: How Effective Are Ocps For Endometriosis

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Dr. Ana Adelstein
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Birth Control (Definition)

Also known as contraception, birth control is a method to prevent pregnancy. Some methods of birth control include a vasectomy, tubal ligation, oral contraceptive pills, vaginal rings, hormone injections, condoms, diaphragms, sponges, ...Read more


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How long should ocp's and the occasional exp. Lap. Be used to treat endometriosis? Are there any better long term surgical options available?

How long should ocp's and the occasional exp. Lap. Be used to treat endometriosis? Are there any better long term surgical options available?

Yes: Many people have success treating the causes of hormonal imbalance associated with endometriosis using elimination diets, anti-estrogen diets, and reducing exposure to toxins and pesticides through organic based whole food diets. ...Read more

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What is the role of oral contraceptives in the treatment of endometriosis?

What is the role of oral contraceptives in the treatment of endometriosis?

Hormonal treatment: Progesterone in the oral contraceptives will antagonize the effects of estrogen and stunt the growth of endometriosis. Progesterone may modulate the pain response as well. ...Read more

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I have endometriosis. I have been taking lutera ocp continuously x 5 mo. I am still having pelvic pain. Would a higher dose ocp help? What next?

I have endometriosis. I have been taking lutera ocp continuously x 5 mo. I am still having pelvic pain. Would a higher dose ocp help? What next?

Other options: A higher dose OCP is not likely to help. You could consider a Mirena (levonorgestrel) IUD, Depoprovera, Lysteda or Lupron as other medical options. surgical options should be considered as well. ...Read more

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Is there an all nattural treatment for endometriosis. Do not want surgery or lupron (leuprolide) and can't take oral contraceptives.?

Is there an all nattural treatment for endometriosis. Do not want surgery or lupron (leuprolide) and can't take oral contraceptives.?

No...and yes: There are no natural treatments that eliminate or even reduce endometriosis: surgery and/or Lupron (leuprolide) are the only interventions. Otoh for pain related to endometriosis, many women find heating pads, hot tea, and otc pain medicines can help relieve the crampy feelings. ...Read more

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20yo F w/ IUD+OCP; history endometriosis, ovarian cysts, [7/10] pelvic pain; menses stopped 5 months ago, returned w/ bleeding, [9/10] pain. Why?

20yo F w/ IUD+OCP; history endometriosis, ovarian cysts, [7/10] pelvic pain; menses stopped 5 months ago, returned w/ bleeding, [9/10] pain. Why?

Endo may be back: My overall concern would be for the recurrence of the endometriosis. Also, would want to make sure your IUD has not migrated. This is a start in the evaluation of your symptoms that I would recommend. ...Read more

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Which birth control pills are best for treating endometriosis, and what features make them effective?

All pills: all standard pills are helpful in treating the symptoms of endometriosis. The progestin dominance of the pills is most likely what is helpful. ...Read more

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What will happen if I have endometriosis and I stop taking birth control?

What will happen if I have endometriosis and I stop taking birth control?

Varies: Maybe nothing. You may feel fine. Or the pain could worsen. There is no way to know in advance. Pills can always be restarted. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with endometriosis 6+ years ago and have been on birth control since. I have bad side affects from birth control. Can I get off of it?

Rock and hard place: Birth control pills do help with endometriosis. However, if the side effects of birth control pills are worse than the pain from the endometriosis, other medications, like Depotprovera, may relieve symptoms of endometriosis. ...Read more

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How is menopause diagnosis in a woman who is on birth control for the tx of endometriosis?

How is menopause diagnosis in a woman who is on birth control for the tx of endometriosis?

Check on placebo: Your MD could check an FSH level towards the end of your placebo week, although it could miss it. You are awfully young to be looking at mean pause, although premature menopause can happen. If you were going trough premature menopause, the most likely treatment would be low dose OCPs, which you are on. ...Read more

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Is there a way to treat/ease pain from endometriosis that does not require surgery or birth control?

Is there a way to treat/ease pain from endometriosis that does not require surgery or birth control?

Yes: Decreasing caffeine, accupuncture, botanicals and foods that cleanse the liver to help eliminate estrogen better. Also there are anti-inflammatory herbs and anti spasmotic herbs that can help.Consuming onions / garlic / leeks which contain sulfur can help. Diet low in animal protein. Foods that are high in fiber. Increasing vegetables that have indole-3-carbinol anc certain vitamin supplements. ...Read more

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Hi doctors i was diagnosed with endometriosis in january this year and i was advise to start birth control how do I relive the pain?

Hi doctors 
i was diagnosed with endometriosis in january this year and i was advise to start birth control how do I relive the pain?

Several options: Depending on the severity of your illness, pain can be managed with pain medication, hormonal therapy (birth control) or even surgery. Use of birth control is to stop the periods and decrease shedding of the uterine cells. Once on bc, pain should improve. Talk to your doctor about other relief options. ...Read more

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Any other treatments for endometriosis besides birth control?

Any other treatments for endometriosis besides birth control?

Yes, several...: The two best treatments for endometriosis are Laparoscopic surgery and Depo Lupron (leuprolide) injections. During laparoscopic surgery, the endometriosis is cauterized to destroy it. This is frequently followed by a course of Depo Lupron (leuprolide) injections once per month. Lupron (leuprolide) switches off the estrogen production in your ovaries. This is temporary but it gives your body a chance to get rid of endometriosis. ...Read more

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Whats a birth control thats good for endometriosis and hair los?

Whats a birth control thats good for endometriosis and hair los?

Hormonal: Hormonal contraception is helpful in reducing the severity of endometriosis for many patients. A low androgen if birth control is ideal for reducing hair loss. ...Read more

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What is the best birth control for endometriosis with no weight gain?

Shouldn't be a probl: problem. With endometriosis, you'd want the lowest hormone level birth control pills. These would not cause weight gain (which is associated with higher amounts of progesterone). ...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


Dr. David Kurss
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Oral Contraceptive (Definition)

Oral contraceptives are a kind of women's ...Read more