Endometriosis after menopause, usually goes away. However, “Some women continue to experience endometriosis symptoms after menopause”.

Endometriosis

What is endometriosis?

In Facts About Endometriosis the World Endometriosis Society; and the World Endometriosis Research Foundation’s definition is:

“Endometriosis is a condition in which tissue similar to the lining inside the uterus (called “the endometrium”), is found outside the uterus, where it induces a chronic inflammatory reaction that may result in scar tissue. It is primarily found on the pelvic peritoneum, on the ovaries, in the recto-vaginal septum, on the bladder, and bowel. In very rare cases it has been found on the diaphragm and in the lungs”.

Endometriosis After Menopause

Does endometriosis go away after menopause?

In Endometriosis: Symptoms & Causes – Symptoms During Menopause the (Australian) Jean Hailes for Women’s Health explain:

“Usually, endometriosis does go away after menopause. Uncommonly, it can return with the use of menopausal hormone therapy, or MHT (formerly called hormone replacement therapy, or HRT), especially if there is no progestogen component. Even more rarely, it can return for no reason without any hormonal treatment”.

In Endometriosis Toolkit: A Patient Empowerment Guide – Endometriosis and Menopause the (United Sates) Society for Women’s Health Research note:

“5% of endometriosis patients are postmenopausal”.

SWHR Endo Toolkit

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What if I think I am having symptoms of endometriosis after menopause?

In Endometriosis: Does Endometriosis Go Away After Menopause? the Office on Women’s Health, United States Department of Health and Human Services, Womenshealth.gov note:

“If you are having symptoms of endometriosis after menopause, talk to your doctor about treatment options”.

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Last Updated: 07 April 2021 – Last Revised: 01 March 2021
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