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Endometriosis and Hormone Relpacement Therapy | Ask the Expert
For women who have a history of <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/health/womens_health/endometriosis.page">endometriosis</a>, and they choose to go on <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/health/menopause/hormone_replacement.page">hormone therapy</a>, it will not stimulate endometriosis if they take continuous estrogen and progesterone. The progesterone reduces any stimulation of endometriosis from the estrogen. These are very low doses compared to a woman’s own endogenous hormones, so it should not stimulate the growth of more endometriosis. <strong>Read more:</strong> <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/asktheexpert/QuestionAnswer.page?questionid=1337">Pregnancy and Endometriosis</a> <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/asktheexpert/QuestionAnswer.page?questionid=2004">Endometriosis Pain Treatment</a> <a href="https://www.mylifestages.org/medicallibrary/MedLibrary.page?medlib=1&section=healthinfo&page=article&sgml_id=tv7240">Endometriosis: Should I Use Hormone Therapy?</a>
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I was told that my endometriosis will go away once I pass menopause. What if I decide to take hormone therapy during menopause – will that continue to aggravate the endometrial lesions?

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Risa KaganRisa KaganGynecologyAlta Bates Summit Medical Center
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Risa KaganGynecologyAlta Bates Summit Medical Center

Dr. Kagan is a ACOG board certified gynecologist, certified by the International Society of Clinical Densitometry as a Certified Clinical Densitometrist (CCD) and a Certified Menopause Practitioner by the North American Menopause Society.

For women who have a history of endometriosis, and they choose to go on hormone therapy, it will not stimulate endometriosis if they take continuous estrogen and progesterone.

The progesterone reduces any stimulation of endometriosis from the estrogen.

These are very low doses compared to a woman’s own endogenous hormones, so it should not stimulate the growth of more endometriosis.

Read more:
Pregnancy and Endometriosis
Endometriosis Pain Treatment
Endometriosis: Should I Use Hormone Therapy?

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