Traditional Chinese Medicine Compared to Hormone Therapy for Endometriosis-Related Pelvic Pain
Oregon College of Oriental Medicine (OCOM) and the Womens Health Research Unit at the Oregon Health & Sciences University (OHSU) are jointly conducting a study to compare treatments for reducing endometriosis-related pelvic pain. The treatments will be compared Traditional Chinese Medicine and hormone therapy.
You may qualify for the study if you have chronic pelvic pain, are between
the ages of 18 45, have been diagnosed with endometriosis confirmed
by laparoscopy within the past 6 years, and are willing to be randomly
assigned to one of these therapies.
The study will last up for a total of 36 weeks with treatments for the first 12 weeks and follow-up visits at week 13m week 24 and week 36.
If you qualify for the study, you will be assigned randomly (by chance) to receive on the following treatments:
Traditional Chinese Medicine
The Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) view of endometriosis is one of Qi stagnation in the abdominal area. TCM practitioners use a number of therapies to treat blockages and stagnation, including acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbs.
The most common non-surgical option for endometriosis is hormone therapy. The hormone, nafarelin acetate (Synarel), which is currently available with a prescription in the United States, is a frequently recommended treatment that is conveniently administered as a nasal spray.
For Further Information
If you are interested in additional information or finding out if you qualify for the study, please call Marcia Strickland at the OHSU Womens Health Research Unit at (503) 494-3666.
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