Excision surgery or Lupron Depot are the two treatments that appear in search results when looking for Endometriosis treatments that are backed by clinical research.
However, neither of these options are optimal for the patient but includes surgery and chemicals—but this doesn’t show up on Google.
The issue is that these are the only treatments that are being researched.
Lupron Depot is a manufactured version of a hormone used to treat prostate cancer, breast cancer, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, and early puberty. Lupron is given by injection into a muscle or under the skin. Lupron is a hot topic with many women with Endometriosis. There are several lawsuits involving Lupron, most of which talk about how the drug has robbed them of their lives and caused irreversible damage to their bodies, such as bone density loss and memory issues. No one tells you about the long-term side effects of this drug.
Excision surgery refers to the excision (removal) of endometriotic implants, this process is also known as Laparoscopic resection of endometriosis.
The surgery route is noted to significantly reduce pain and improve quality of life for up to 5 years. Laparoscopic excision of endometriosis significantly reduces the probability of requiring further surgery to 36%. Additionally, the return of pain following laparoscopic excision is not always associated with clinical evidence of recurrence.
The biggest issue is that many doctors are quick to prescribe heavy drugs and surgery instead of looking to prescribe alternatives like cannabis. Many endo sisters I know have not been introduced to medical cannabis from their doctors. Cannabis has been a life saver for me and I recommend it to anyone I can. Cannabis is used for a variety of symptoms like pain, sleep, nausea, and anxiety.
Most women take the doctors word and suggestion for care plans as the end all, be all. Woman need to do research for themselves to really understand what we are getting ourselves into. We just assume the doctor will always know best. However, it’s important to do your own research and ask tough questions- your health is at stake and no one should take it more seriously than you.
Luckily, there are some studies in the trial phase that will focus on using cannabis as a treatment for Endometriosis. I hope that these studies will help start the dialogue between patient and doctor about alternatives like cannabis.
I look forward to reading the studies about cannabis as a treatment for Endometriosis and think they are long overdue.
If you have any questions about endometriosis, treating endometriosis with cannabis, or details on excision surgery or Lupron Depot please contact me today.
By: Kristen McRobie, Founder of Endometriosis and Me