An intrauterine device (IUD) is a popular form of reversible birth control. Both hormonal and copper IUDs are more than 99% effective at preventing pregnancy with typical use. However, it still is possible to become pregnant if you have an IUD.
Endometriosis is a chronic disease in which inflammatory tissue similar to the lining of the uterus grows outside the uterus.1 The presence of endometriosis lesions can lead to severe pain, infertility, debilitating bowel and bladder symptoms, and more. The physical and mental symptoms of endometriosis can significantly impact your quality of life.
If you are in menopause or perimenopause (the transition to it), you may feel experience sudden flushing of the face, feelings of warmth, and excessive perspiration. These are vasomotor symptoms better known as hot flashes and night sweats.
Endometrosis tissue responds to hormones just as the endometrium (lining of the uterus) does. Estrogen stimulates its growth, while progestin inhibits its growth. Endometriosis symptoms often diminish after menopause, when estrogen levels drop.People who have been through menopause can still experience endometriosis, although less frequently than people who are still menstruating.
For people going through menopause, symptoms like hot flashes and insomnia can be debilitating. While hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is one of the most direct treatments available right now, it’s not for everyone.