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Gynecol Endocrinol. 2001 Dec;15 Suppl 6:22-8.

Current place of progestins in the treatment of endometriosis-related complaints.

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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ammerland Clinic GmbH, Academic Teaching Hospital of the University of Göttingen, Westerstede, Germany.


Oral progestins have been used for the treatment of endometriosis and endometriosis-associated complaints for more than 40 years. The mechanism of action on the menstrual cycle is well understood; however, the mechanism of action on endometriosis is still a matter of debate. The different progestins are able to stop proliferation in endometriotic implants and to induce regressive change to certain degrees; they are not able to heal endometriosis because endometriosis is a chronic and recurrent disease. For this reason, no medical treatment can heal endometriosis and repeat medication is necessary in the medical management of this disease. Progestins--especially non-androgenic progestins--are well tolerated and have only few side-effects; they can be used repeatedly or continuously over a long period of time.

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