There are long-term ways to manage the symptoms of endometriosis, but there is no cure for it. Pain medication can help with mild chronic pain from endometriosis. Women with more severe pain may use hormonal medications, including hormonal birth control, to alleviate symptoms of endometriosis.
Surgery can be used to treat more serious cases. This involves removing endometrial growths. While surgery can help fertility and relieve pain for several years, pain often returns. In severe cases, a hysterectomy may be a last resort. This procedure involves removal of the uterus, and possibly the ovaries as well.