- relieve pain
- shrink endometriosis or slow its growth
- remove the endometriosis
- keep or bring back fertility
- combined oral contraceptives (the pill)
- gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) analogues
- if the pieces of endometriosis are larger than 4 - 5cm (1.5 - 2 inches)
- if there are many adhesions or they are interfering with the normal workings of internal organs such as the bowel
- if the endometriosis is blocking the Fallopian tubes and causing infertility
- if there is severe pain which cannot be controlled with analgesics or hormones. The endometriosis may be cut away, or destroyed with heat produced by an electrical device or by using a laser. This can often be done through small cuts in the belly, using a laparoscope (keyhole surgery), but may require an open operation.
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