There is no known cure for Endometriosis. In Kenya, we do not have access to excision surgery, so doctors perform ablation surgery and then prescribe drugs to suppress the symptoms of Endometriosis.
One of these drugs is Lupron, also Known as Leuprolide Acetate.
Lupron is a Gonadotropin-releasing hormone that is used to treat hormone based tumors like in breast cancer, prostate cancer, lymphoma, and certain kinds of leukemia, endometriosis and uterine fibroids.
It is also used to reduce testosterone in males, to delay puberty in transgender boys and girls till they are old enough to start hormone replacement therapy. It has been used on a trial basis to reduce urges in pedophiles and other kinds of paraphilia.
It is injected under the skin or in to the muscle.
Side effects to look out for
- Menopausal symptoms- hot flushes/ night sweats
- Mood swings
- Pain at the injection site – redness/ itching
- High blood sugar
- Diarrhea/ constipation/ nausea /stomach pain
- Vaginal dryness/ itching/ discomfort
- Vaginal bleeding
- Memory problems
- Joint pain
- Reduces bone density
If it is inhaled it can cause breathing difficulties, asthma like symptoms and skin reactions.
What you need to remember
Lupron is a prescription only drug.
It is not a birth control method, so you can still get pregnant even if you do not get your periods.
If you have a history of osteoporosis in your family, you need to mention it to your doctor because of it’s effect on your bone density.
You need to eat foods rich in calcium and take calcium supplements.
You shouldn’t receive Lupron if:
You are pregnant or breastfeeding.
You have undiagnosed vaginal bleeding
Ongoing drug investigations
There are on-going investigations on the drug with women claiming that it causes more harm than good. You can watch the video below for more context.
Have you used Lupron before? What was your experience like?