Medical treatment of endometriosis
Medical treatment is often first-line management treatment of pelvic pain (Table 8.1). It may also be used following surgery for endometriosis, either for recurrent pain, or prior to further definitive surgery. The choice of treatment is dictated by the age of the woman, family status, desire for conception, severity of symptoms, stage of disease and prior response to any treatment. In selecting the specific hormonal regimen, side-effects of the drug, individual sensitivity and response, as well as economic factors, may have to be considered.