Investigational Medical Therapies for Endometriosis: Current Data and Future Trends

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Abstract

Current mainstays of medical therapy for endometriosis preclude fertility or may have unwanted side effects. Therefore, research has been underway to find alternatives to current options which may be applied to future medical treatment. The focus of this review is that of investigational hormonal and nonhormonal medical therapies based on in vitro and in vivo animal models of endometriosis as well as in human endometrial and endometriotic cells in vitro. Assessment of the safety and efficacy of such novel medical treatments have been, and continue to be, necessary prior to clinical trials.

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