I ve had a painful swelling 4 6 years nw.it appears after 8months wen am abt 2 get ma periods.I ve so far had 3 surgeries n now da doc sez I shd b put on some drug called zoladex.bt wich atha option can I ve .
I am guessing you have being diagnosed with endo??
Zoladex is used to treat endo,the medication overstimulates the body's own production of certain hormones which causes that production to shut down temporarily,it should stop your menstrual period so therefore this may be why your doctor has recomended this treatment for you.
When you wont get a period and you dont get your cycle as normal then usually this stops the pains that endo causes.
You mentioned you had surgeries,was that to remove the endo or for other symptoms?
I too suffer from from endo severely,so if i can be of any help i would be more than happy to do so!!
Depending on your age and your situation,i would suggest you think long and hard before going ahead with any hormone treatments,they can cause nasty side effects which are from my own experience far worse than the pain from having endo.
Have you tried any other treatments like birth control pills or depo provera shots?The shots stop your period also,everyone is different and what suits one may not suit another. I have tried alot and had surgery too,but i'm still no better off,but every case is different!!
As for what causes endo,there is no real answer for that or so i was told,it could be in your family,if you've any sisters,mother,aunts that may have had it then it can come down from that too,other than that its just like any other illness,some have it,some dont i'm afraid!!
Hope this helps a little!!
Write more and fill me in on your story,i would like to help anyway i can,i understand how horrible it is going through the pains and not having answers!!
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No-one knows for sure what causes endo - it could be blood coming down the Fallopian tubes into the pelvis and some cells implanting but they haven't proved this and unfortunately there is no cure. I find it hard to believe that the gynaes haven't seen a case before as its very common (I'm not sure of the statistics in your country but in England it's 1 in 10 women).
Essentially your options are:
- Manage with painkillers only
- surgery to remove the endo
- take the contraceptive pill, pill injection (depo provera) or implant (implanon) to stop your periods which often stops the disease progressing.
- take a drug like zoladex which puts you into menopause - although this will stop when you stop the injections, you will have the symptoms of menopause and these can be tough to manage.
The doctor may be suggesting the zoladex because you have a large endometrioma (blood filled cyst on your ovary) or a mass of endo that they need to shrink before they can remove it. If so, zoladex would be your best bet but research it first and find out how long you'd be on it
If not, and if you haven't already, I'd suggest the pill as it has the least side effects and works for lots of women.
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