What is the prognosis of endometriosis?

Updated: May 10, 2021
  • Author: G Willy Davila, MD; Chief Editor: Michel E Rivlin, MD  more...
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Endometriosis has been found to resolve spontaneously in one third of women who are not actively treated. [38] However, it is generally a progressive disease, with an unpredictable extent of progression and subsequent morbidity. Although most patients (up to 95% in some studies) respond to medical therapy (suppression of ovulation) for decreasing pelvic pain, such therapy is ineffective for treatment of endometriosis-associated infertility but does preserve the potential for conception. Nonetheless, as many as 50% of women have a return of symptoms within 5 years with medical management.


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