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Endometriosis is a complex medical condition affecting millions of women worldwide. It is a chronic systemic (whole-body) inflammatory disease. In endometriosis, there are inflammatory lesions present in the body that are not supposed to be there. The inflammatory lesions consist of tissue that is similar to the inner lining of the uterus (the endometrium) but found outside of the uterus. These inflammatory lesions respond to hormones such as estrogen.
These lesions are known to cause pain, heavy periods, and even fertility problems. Although there is no cure for endometriosis, multiple treatment options, including birth control, can help some women manage their symptoms.
Birth control decreases hormones which can sometimes lead to decreasing endometriosis symptoms or mask symptoms related to endometriosis. By suppressing ovulation, birth control pills restrict the growth of endometrial tissue outside the uterus, it has been found to help some women relieve symptoms such as pelvic pain, heavy bleeding, and menstrual cramps.
With that being said, while birth control may help decrease endometriosis-related symptoms, birth control cannot cure or treat underlying endometriosis.
Some women may find some relief from their endometriosis symptoms while taking birth control, but that is not always the case. Women who have found relief have found birth control to:
While birth control pills are commonly prescribed to manage the symptoms of endometriosis, it is crucial to acknowledge that they may have some negative effects for some individuals. Here are a few potential negative effects of birth control on endometriosis:
Sometimes patients do not find symptom relief with birth control or patients can’t tolerate the side effects of birth control. There are some patients who do not want to be on birth control or are trying to conceive.
At Pelvic Rehabilitation Medicine, there are other options besides birth control to help patients with endometriosis improve function and quality of life.