Novel Medical Treatment Modalities of Endometriosis

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Uysal G., Çağlı F.

Kafkas J Med Sci, vol.5, no.3, pp.109-119, 2015 (Peer-Reviewed Journal)

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 5 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.5505/kjms.2015.24572
  • Journal Name: Kafkas J Med Sci
  • Page Numbers: pp.109-119
  • Erciyes University Affiliated: Yes


Endometriosisis a very common gynecological condition causing infertility and pelvic pain affecting 6%–10% of women at their reproductive ages. The prevalence is 20%–50% and 20%–70% in infertile women and women with chronic pelvic pain, respectively. The treatment of endometriosisis is always challenging for healthcare professionals and there is no curative treatment option for endometriosis. The treatment options for endometriosis can be classifi ed as medical, surgical or combinations of the two approaches. Different medical agents exist for treatment of endometriosis. The most commonly used of these medical agents are non-steroidal antiinfl ammatory drugs, analgesics, gestagens or their derivatives, combined oral contraceptive pills, and more recently the levonorgestrel intrauterine system. Although there are numerous treatment options, available pharmacological treatment options in endometriosis are not fully satisfactory. Numerous new medical treatment agents are currently being tested in clinical trials in different phases. The purpose of the present review is to discuss the new medical treatment modalities in endometriosis. Key words: endometriosis; medical treatment; pelvic pai