Endometriosis And Menopause

Written by Amy Hall
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Menopause usually brings an end to endometriosis, as the cessation of ovulation and menstruation puts an end to internal bleeding. However, if a woman begins hormone replacement therapy, she may continue to experience pain from endometriosis. In addition, if a woman has endometriosis that has spread to her other pelvic organs, such as her bladder and colon, scar tissue and adhesions can continue to cause pain.

Most women do notice that their pain begins to subside considerably as they begin to enter the stages of menopause. This alone can bring enough pain management that no other course of treatment is needed. Although menopause can be a cure for endometriosis in many women, it is not in all women.

The Link between Endometriosis and Menopause

If you have long suffered from endometriosis and have tried various treatments, it may be wise to talk with your doctor about what to expect once you enter menopause. Your doctor may want you to ease back on hormone therapy or any gonadotrophin-releasing hormone agonists that you have been taking until you are off these medications completely. You may find that your symptoms subside due to menopause alone, or you may need to take lower dosages of your medications.

If your endometriosis has caused organs to become stuck together via adhesions, you might want to explore the possibility of surgery to remove these adhesions. In most cases, surgery to correct this problem can completely eliminate the pain caused by the scar tissue. Keeping an open line of communication with your doctor is the key to managing the pain caused by this progressive and chronic gynecological disease.

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