Hormone therapy is an effective treatment for endometriosis, for many women. By prescribing medications that reduce the amount of estrogen the body produces, menstrual bleeding can be reduced or stopped entirely. This in turn reduces the inflammation and scarring of endometriosis.
Contraceptives such as birth control pills, patches, and vaginal rings that contain both estrogen and progestin may be prescribed. Or, progestin-only contraceptives may be used to eliminate periods altogether.
Gonadotropin-releasing hormone (Gn-RH) drugs can also be used to block the production of ovarian-stimulating hormones, causing endometrial tissue to shrink. For other women, progestin inhibitors and aromatase inhibitors may be prescribed by our OBGYNs as the best treatment for endometriosis.