Endometriosis: An update on management

Lia A. Bernardi, Mary Ellen Pavone*

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Endometriosis is an inflammatory disease that commonly occurs in women of reproductive age and is associated with pain and infertility. This disease can be challenging to manage given its propensity to progress and recur despite treatment. Although medical therapy is beneficial for controlling pain due to endometriosis, medical management has not proven to be effective in treating infertility resulting from endometriosis. Surgery has historically been performed to both improve pain and treat infertility in women with endometriosis. However, the optimal management of endometriosis in asymptomatic women who desire fertility is unclear. Intrauterine insemination with superovulation and IVF are other treatments that have proven to be effective in assisting women with endometriosis to conceive. As the underlying molecular mechanisms of this disease become better understood, promising new therapies for the treatment of endometriosis continue to be investigated.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)233-250
Number of pages18
JournalWomen's Health
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2013


  • IVF
  • dysmenorrhea
  • dyspareunia
  • endometrioma
  • endometriosis
  • infertility
  • medical treatment
  • pelvic pain
  • surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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