WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW:
Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue that is normally only in your uterus grows outside of the uterus. Endometriosis causes tissue that should be shed during a monthly period to grow on your ovaries, fallopian tubes, bladder, or other organs. Organs and tissue may stick together and cause inflammation and pain.
AFTER YOU LEAVE:
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory (NSAID) medicine may decrease swelling and pain or fever. This medicine can be bought with or without a doctor's order. This medicine can cause stomach bleeding or kidney problems in certain people. If you take blood thinner medicine, always ask your primary healthcare provider if NSAIDs are safe for you. Always read the medicine label and follow the directions on it before using this medicine.
- Hormone therapy: This may help shrink endometrial tissue and decrease pain. You may be given birth control pills, androgen hormone, or medicine that makes your body produce less of certain hormones.
- Take your medicine as directed. Call your primary healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.
Follow up with your primary healthcare provider or gynecologist as directed:
You may need to return to have blood tests. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.
- Use heat: Heat helps decrease pain and muscle spasms. Apply heat on your abdomen for 20 to 30 minutes every 2 hours for as many days as directed. Use a heating pad (set on low) or take a warm bath.
- Exercise: This may help reduce symptoms, such as pain. Ask your primary healthcare provider or gynecologist about the best exercise plan for you.
For support and more information:
- The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
P.O. Box 70620
Washington , DC 20024-9998
Phone: 1- 202 - 638-5577
Phone: 1- 800 - 673-8444
Web Address: http://www.acog.org
Contact your primary healthcare provider or gynecologist if:
- Your symptoms return after treatment.
- You have heavy or unusual vaginal bleeding.
- You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.
Seek care immediately or call 911 if:
- You have severe abdominal or lower back pain that does not go away after you take pain medicine.
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