Endometriosis UK

Artificial menopause?

Hi everyone. From checking out the forum, there are quite a few ladies using the hormone treatment. Has it worked for you ? I am 30 and would like to start trying to get pregnant in 12-18th months. I have reservations about the hormone treatment. I haven't had a diagnostic lap to confirm endo, is being offered the hormones first a normal course of action? I'm just a little overwhelmed at the moment.

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Hi there

this seems a little extreme to start you on what I'm assuming is the GNRH analogues

Such as zoladex ,to bring on a pseudo menapause because you mention artificial menapause in your title .

I'm on zoladex and have been for a good while now although it has made a huge difference it can come with a lot of side effects and health issues.

I sort of think you need to get a diagnosis of endo before considering this line of treatment and the only definitive way to diagnose this is via a laparoscopy .

if it's the contraceptive pills they are suggesting then ignore the above !!as there is absolutely no connection between the two .

I hope this helpful in some way .


It's the GNRH he wants to put me on. Seems extreme as a starting point.


Hi there just give it a lot of thought I'm trying to put you off but GNRH are really serious stuff

As I said I've been on them long term my choice but it's no means plain sailing!

Any chance you could see him again to talk you through some more options ?

I wish you all the best with what you decide

If I can be of any help if you decide to give them a go I'm happy to share both good and bad !!

Take care


Sorry meant to say I'm not trying to put you off !!!!


It was the only option he gave me. It was basically have this and come back in 3 months. I can't do anything till the letter comes through anyway.


I have to agree it seems a bit excessive I had the laparoscopy done here in Cambridge. Amazing consultant not great with people to be fair but knew what he was doing! after the op i was told 3-6 months to get pregnant if not start the hormones and after 3months of hormones we would then start IVF they would roll into each other.

Luckily I got pregnant before my first hormone injection! But my endo was returning at month 2 after the op.

I went for the blood tests for the hormones ex and they called up to say no sorry as you are pregnant! That was after the lap! I am not a Dr but I would think the option of a lap would be at least offered.


Seems a bit extreme. My gyn would not give me gnrh analogues on the basis that she insisted I had a lap with endo removal first and then it could be considered if I was still in pain. I would question the decision....good luck


Thank you for your response. I'm going to talk with my GP but I don't think I will end up taking the treatment unless I get a 2nd opinion and they can 100% reassure me it is the best way forward. I'm also concerned because my mum started peri menopause at 35 so I don't think messing with my hormones is a good idea.


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