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FDA Approves New Pill to Alleviate Endometriosis Symptoms

July 31, 2018 - 9:26 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The FDA has approved a new drug that might make living with endometriosis a bit easier for women living with the condition. 

Orilissa is the first new treatment for endometriosis pain in a decade.  Endometriosis involves abnormal tissue growth from the uterus that can cause severe pain and infertility. 

While this new pill helped relieve much of the pain, the director of the SLU Care Center for Endometriosis at SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital, Dr. Patrick Yeoung, says it is can only be taken for two years.

“It is at best time limited, and most women when they stop such a medication, the symptoms come right back, so it’s not a long term treatment plan really, and not a cure,” he says.   

Dr. Yeoung says endometriosis is still a surgical disease, with removal of the lesions the best way to eradicate it.