What is included in patient education for endometriosis?

Updated: May 10, 2021
  • Author: G Willy Davila, MD; Chief Editor: Michel E Rivlin, MD  more...
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Stress to patients the importance of continuing medical therapy for the full 6-month course. Medical therapy often relieves pain but induces uncomfortable adverse effects, and the patient needs encouragement to complete the course of treatment. Recurrence of symptoms after therapy should prompt the patient to return for further evaluation. Educate patients with severe disease about the symptoms of bowel and ureteral obstruction.

For patient education information, see Pregnancy Center and Women's Health Center, as well as Endometriosis, Female Sexual Problems, Birth Control Overview, and Birth Control Methods.

For patients interested in more information or support groups, Endometriosis Research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), The Endometriosis Association, and Endometriosis.org are valuable resources.


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