Endometriosis Recurrence

Written by Amy Hall
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Unfortunately, endometriosis recurrence happens after surgery, once birth control pills are stopped, or after pregnancy. Endometriosis is a chronic and progressive disease that goes into remission during pregnancy and menopause, and while taking oral contraceptives. Surgery can remove much of the scar tissue and lesions present in the pelvic cavity, but there are no guarantees that they will not return.

Recurrence is estimated in roughly 10 to 50 percent of the patients who undergo surgery to remove lesions. Medication can help keep a recurrence from happening, or at least slow down the progression of the symptoms. Endometriosis is an insidious disease that can wreak havoc on a woman physically, emotionally, and mentally if steps are not taken to keep it in check.

It can be extremely discouraging for a woman to undergo invasive surgery to remove growths and scar tissue, only to have the endometriosis return afterwards. In some cases, the endometriosis has spread to other organs, such as the bladder and colon, which can cause unbearable pain that is worse during menstruation. Women who notice that they have severe pain during bowel movements, blood in the urine or stool, bouts of diarrhea and constipation, and burning during urination need to insist on testing that will determine if endometriosis is the culprit.

Dealing with Endometriosis Recurrence
Medications can help at reducing the risks of a recurrence from happening after surgery. If you are facing surgery, it is wise to talk to your doctor about postoperative therapies that will ward off the return of your previous symptoms. In many cases, medications can be sufficient at keeping symptoms at bay, and in other cases, additional surgery may be necessary.

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