If you have endometriosis, it’s important to learn about your treatment options.

Try to manage your symptoms without medication. When your symptoms are interfering with your day-to-day life, ask your doctor if there are medications that can help relieve your symptoms.

If medications aren’t enough, your doctor might recommend surgery to remove endometrial and scar tissue. This surgery may help relieve your pain and improve your fertility, although the effects might not be permanent. Surgery is usually considered the last resort and may not always be successful. The tissue can grow back.

Assisted reproductive technologies, such as in vitro fertilization, can also help women with endometriosis become pregnant.

To help you cope with the challenges of your condition, consider joining an in-person or online support group for people with endometriosis.