Treatment: Other Hormone Therapies
Other hormonal therapies mimic the hormonal state of menopause, eliminating menstrual periods and reducing the pain of endometriosis. GnRH agonists, such as leuprolide (Lupron), nafarelin (Synarel), and goserelin (Zoladex), interrupt the production of female hormones. As a result, they can have unpleasant side effects such as hot flashes, vaginal dryness, bone loss, and changes in mood. Danazol (Danocrine) is another medication that lowers estrogen levels and has some weak male hormone activity. Its side effects can include acne, facial hair development, weight gain, reduction in breast size, and voice and mood changes.