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Combined contraceptive pill/ring/plaster

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HORMONES

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The combined oral contraceptive pill (COCP), often referred to as the birth control pill or colloquially as "the pill", is a type of birth control. It includes a combination of an estrogen (usually ethinylestradiol) and a progestogen (specifically a progestin).


Hormones and Endo: When symptoms such as pain and cramping are prominent, hormones may be considered for treatment of endometriosis. Since endometriosis foci enlarge and shrink depending on hormones, they can be influenced by hormones just like menstruation. 

However, if a person wants to become pregnant, hormonal treatments are not suitable. 


Combination pills taken in a long cycle have a mitigating effect on endometriosis symptoms, as they alter the menstrual cycle. However, despite their frequent use for this purpose, they are not approved as endometriosis therapy. As a result, women buy these hormones as "contraceptives" even though it is needed as a medication to treat their disease ("off label use"). 

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