Endometriosis: Care Instructions

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Your Care Instructions

Cells that are like the cells that line the inside your womb (uterus) sometimes grow on the outside of the uterus. This is called endometriosis. These clumps of cells can cause pain and problems with your periods. They can become inflamed and may bleed. Scar tissue that forms over time can make it difficult to get pregnant.

Medicines and sometimes surgery can relieve pain and help women who want to get pregnant.

Follow-up care is a key part of your treatment and safety. Be sure to make and go to all appointments, and call your doctor or nurse call line if you are having problems. It’s also a good idea to know your test results and keep a list of the medicines you take.

How can you care for yourself at home?

  • Take your medicines exactly as prescribed. Call your doctor or nurse call line if you think you are having a problem with your medicine.
  • Take pain medicines exactly as directed.
    • If the doctor gave you a prescription medicine for pain, take it as prescribed.
    • If you are not taking a prescription pain medicine, ask your doctor if you can take an over-the-counter medicine.
  • Apply heat, such as a hot water bottle or a heating pad set on low, to your lower belly. Or take a warm bath. Heat may relieve pain.
  • Lie down and put a pillow under your knees to raise your legs. This will relieve pressure on your back.

When should you call for help?

Call 911 anytime you think you may need emergency care. For example, call if:

  • You passed out (lost consciousness).

Call your doctor or nurse call line now or seek immediate medical care if:

  • You have sudden, severe pain in your belly or pelvis.

Watch closely for changes in your health, and be sure to contact your doctor or nurse call line if:

  • You have new belly or pelvic pain.
  • You think you may be pregnant.
  • You do not get better as expected.

Where can you learn more?

Go to https://www.healthwise.net/patientEd

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