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Complications and Prognosis
Screening and Prevention
No cure for endometriosis yet exists; primary treatment is directed toward relief of pain r6
Hormonal therapies do not eliminate endometriosis, and symptoms recur or worsen when treatment is discontinued
Empiric therapy is generally administered without surgical diagnosis; plan is based on clinical diagnosis
Initial therapy of NSAIDs is used for all patients who present with pelvic pain that is likely to be due to endometriosis, especially dysmenorrhea r2r4
If response to NSAIDs is inadequate and pregnancy is not desired, additional medical therapy includes the following: r4r11
If response to NSAIDs is inadequate and future pregnancy is desired, early referral to a gynecologist is recommended r11
Adjunctive hormonal therapy after surgery
Fertility-associated treatment options for infertile patients r2
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