What is endometriosis?
Endometriosis is a common and often painful disorder of the female reproductive system. In this condition, a specialized type of tissue that normally lines the inside of your uterus (the endometrium) becomes implanted outside your uterus, most commonly on your fallopian tubes, ovaries or the tissue lining your pelvis. Rarely, endometrial tissue may spread beyond your pelvic region.
When endometrial tissue is located in other parts of your body, it continues to act like your normal period: It thickens, breaks down and bleeds each month as your hormone levels rise and fall. However, because there’s nowhere for the blood from this mislocated tissue to go, it becomes trapped in your body, and surrounding tissue can become irritated.
Trapped blood may lead to the growth of cysts. Cysts, in turn, may form scar tissue and adhesions – abnormal tissue that binds organs together. This process can cause pain in the area of this misplaced tissue, usually the pelvis, especially during your period. Endometriosis can also cause fertility problems. In fact, scars and adhesions on ovaries or fallopian tubes can prevent pregnancy.
How do birth control pills relieve endometriosis?
They relieve endometriosis by halting ovulation and decreasing the endometrium’s monthly cycle of growing, bleeding, and shedding. Birth control pills also affect the cysts, making them shrink and bleed less.
Why are birth control pills used?
They are commonly the first choice for treatment of endometriosis because the hormones found in birth control pills are least likely to cause bad side effects. Therefore they can be used for years, while other hormone therapies can only be used for several months to 2 years.
Birth control pills do not cure endometriosis. However, they can be used to stop or further decrease endometriosis growth after endometriosis surgery. They can also be taken with NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs), which help reduce endometriosis inflammation.
Birth control pills are generally not recommended if you:
- Are a smoker and older than 35
- Have uncontrolled diabetes
- Have uncontrolled high blood pressure
- Have liver disease
- Have a history of blood clots in a vein or lung
- Have history of stroke
- Have history of breast cancer
- Have a history of migraine headaches with aura
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