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why is birth control prescribed to help endometriosis?

I don't understand how it helps.  Doesn't the pill increase your estrogen? and isn't estrogen bad for endo? Someone explain this to me...


I feel like since i have been on the pill my symptoms have not improved (its been about three months since i've started) and I've had like a never ending light period for a reallyyyy long time, and the pill is supposed to keep me from getting my period for every three months. so it's really not feeling much better.  I was just wondering how the pill is supposed to help.
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Hello,

I have been on Yasmin (BCP) for five years. They were prescribed to me after a lap in wich my right ovary was removed because of tumor, chocolate cysts, endometriosis and blood tickening. Because my left ovary was (and is) problematic (endo, c. cysts) Yasmin was prescribed to me in order to keep my ovary "in controll". Since than my periods are lighter and I don't have awful menstrual pains like I used to before the procedure and BCP. And BCP decrease the growth of endometriomas, so that's why I am taking Yasmin all these years, to keep my ovary in "shape", untill I decide to get pregnant.
So, birth control pills relieve endometriosis by stopping ovulation and decreasing the endometrium's monthly cycle of growing, bleeding, and shedding. They also affect the endometriosis growths, making them shrink and bleed less.
Birth control pills are the first-choice treatment for controlling endometriosis growth and pain. This is because birth control hormones are the hormone therapy that is least likely to cause bad side effects. For this reason, they can be used for years, while other hormone therapies can only be used for several months to two years. Birth control pills can also be used to stop or further slow endometriosis growths after endometriosis surgery. Like all hormone therapies and surgery, birth control hormones do not cure endometriosis. However, they can relieve endometriosis symptoms and are likely to slow the growth of endometriosis.
Also, birth control pills improve endometriosis and menstrual pain and bleeding for most women. But, like almost every other medication, there are side-effects in using BCP, like: changes in menstrual periods, including very light or skipped periods, slight bleeding between periods (spotting), nausea and vomiting, especially during the first month of use. This side effect usually goes away after the first few months of use, frequent or more severe headaches, weight gain, breast tenderness for the first few months of use, mood changes, decreased interest in sex...
There is no cure for endometriosis. However, birth control hormones may slow the long-term growth of endometriosis. Like all hormone therapies and surgery for endometriosis, birth control hormones do not reduce symptoms in all women.

I hope that now it's more clear for you! I am glad if I helped a little.

Have a nice day and take care!
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When I was told to take the pill for my endo I think that I was more annoyed then anything.  I did take the prescription and filled it and started to take it before my lap 3 yrs ago.  My moods got better, I had no pimples, and I felt great with no pain.  I take my continuously so I am not sure if that makes a difference. I am on a low dose pill as well (marvelon21) but it is very effective for me.  

After my surgery I took Lupron for 6 months and I decided that it would be better if I took the pill because the Lupron made me sick.

My body needs to feel pregnant to be normal and Marvelon works for me and I really have had no pains at all like I used to.  

I really feel as though I still have adhesions or that they grew back but I am not in pain and not ttc so I am not worried as of yet.
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