Abou-Setta AM, Al-Inany HG, Farquhar CM
This is a Cochrane review abstract and plain language summary, prepared and maintained by The Cochrane Collaboration. The full text of the review is available in The Cochrane Library (ISSN 1464-780X).
Endometriosis is the presence of endometrial tissue outside the uterus, usually in the pelvis, that can lead to infertility and pelvic pain. It is managed with hormonal medications, surgery or a combination of both. The aim of this review was to assess if the use of a hormone-releasing IUD was beneficial for managing associated painful symptoms and for preventing recurrence of endometriosis. At this stage, although preliminary findings are encouraging there is only limited evidence of a beneficial role in reducing recurrence of painful periods with the use of the LNG-IUS following surgery for endometriosis.