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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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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Contraception (Definition)

Contraceptiion is a means of preventing conception (or fertilization). There are hormonal and non hormonal methods of preventing sperm and egg from meeting. Talk to your doctor or clinic about what options are best for you. There are short acting methods (condoms, pills, patch, ring) and long ...Read more


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My ovaries have flipped twice and I have endometriosis. If I stop taking birth control, do you think it will flip again?

My ovaries have flipped twice and I have endometriosis. If I stop taking birth control, do you think it will flip again?

No: I am guessing that you are referring to ovarian torsion, a situation where the ovaries twist on their attachments and cause pain. Birth control pills are not known to make this condition better or worse. Stopping them isn't going to help. Best wishes! ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my ovaries have flipped twice and I have endometriosis and if I stop taking birth control do you think it will flip again?

What do you suggest if my ovaries have flipped twice and I have endometriosis and if I stop taking birth control do you think it will flip again?

?: If you mean ovarian torsion by 'flipped', the use of birth control only indirectly affects this. Large ovarian cysts can lead to torsion, and birth control can reduce cyst formation. Endometriosis has little to nothing to do with torsion, except that torsion is rare in severe endo because the ovaries are often socked into the pelvis and can't move. ...Read more

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My obgyn put me on a birth control pill to stop pain caused by endometriosis. I have recently been dizzy & brown discharg coming out for almost 2 week?

My obgyn put me on a birth control pill to stop pain caused by endometriosis. I have recently been dizzy & brown discharg coming out for almost 2 week?

Complicated: Brown discharge is old blood that is leaving the uterus and generally not an infection. Ocps can help with the symptoms of endometriosis in some cases, and in others are less helpful. In some cases, laparoscopy with resection of endometriosis implants is required to get lasting relieve from symptoms. ...Read more

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I have severe endometriosis and pelvic pain I'm having awful pre-menstrual cramps if I start birth control today will it stop my period/give me relief?

I have severe endometriosis and pelvic pain I'm having awful pre-menstrual cramps if I start birth control today will it stop my period/give me relief?

Maybe: The oral contraceptive is the first choice to relieve your symptoms. A 2nd choice is a GnRh Agonist medication that will stop your periods for up to six months providing relief as well. Consult with your GYN MD for the use of Synarel (nafarelin) or Lupron medications if needed. ...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?

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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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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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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What is the best birth control for endometriosis and ovarian cysts?

What is the best birth control for endometriosis and ovarian cysts?

Homonal method: Any hormonal contraceptive can suppress the ovaries and suppress endometriosis. I agree with the above answer - however, depo-provera can be effective as well. ...Read more

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

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

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Can you tell me what is the best birth control for endometriosis with no weight gain?

Can you tell me what is the best birth control for endometriosis with no weight gain?

Any standard pill: is good in general. Ortho cyclen is such an example -- available in generic. Birth control pills should generally not cause weight gain. It is a myth. ...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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Is an IUD a good birth control option for me? I'm a married, childless woman with endometriosis and do Crossfit 5x a week.

Yes: A skilled gynecologist should be able to insert an IUD (like Mirena) with minimal pain, and safely. This is a good treatment for endometriosis, and the IUD will not affect your Crossfit. You might feel like taking the day off from Crossfit for insertion, though. ...Read more

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I have had a lap and some endometriosis was left behind. I am now on birth control and after 1.5 months I am still in pain. How long before the pill improves endometriosis pain?

I have had a lap and some endometriosis was left behind. I am now on birth control and after 1.5 months I am still in pain. How long before the pill  improves endometriosis pain?

Excision surgery: Continuous oral contraceptives will work better than having a monthly period. Pain should improve after the second or third pack. Alternatively, you could have extensive excision of endometriosis in which is possible to remove all visible disease . See a surgeon who does this type of surgery often and ask how his/her patients do. ...Read more

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What is the best progestin only birth control pill for endometriosis?

There is: No 'one' best pill for this purpose, they all work to some degree and usually it's trial and error finding a 'best' one for an individual woman. Medroxyprogesterone, megestrol, and Norethindrone are all available in the us. There are synthetic progestins not available in the us some consider to be 'best, ' but again their is no proof. ...Read more

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


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