[Management of endometriosis: CNGOF-HAS practice guidelines (short version)]

Gynecol Obstet Fertil Senol. 2018 Mar;46(3):144-155. doi: 10.1016/j.gofs.2018.02.027. Epub 2018 Mar 14.
[Article in French]


First-line investigations to diagnose endometriosis are clinical examination and pelvic ultrasound. Second-line investigations include pelvic examination performed by a referent clinician, transvaginal ultrasound performed by a referent echographist, and pelvic MRI. It is recommended to treat endometriosis when it is symptomatic. First-line hormonal treatments recommended for the management of painful endometriosis are combined with hormonal contraceptives or levonorgestrel 52mg IUD. There is no evidence to recommend systematic preoperative hormonal therapy for the unique purpose of preventing the risk of surgical complications or facilitating surgery. After endometriosis surgery, combined hormonal contraceptives or levonorgestrel SIU 52mg are recommended as first-line therapy in the absence of desire of pregnancy. In case of initial treatment failure, recurrence, or multiple organ involvement by endometriosis, medico-surgical and multidisciplinary discussion is recommended. The laparoscopic approach is recommended for the surgical treatment of endometriosis. HRT may be offered in postmenopausal women operated for endometriosis. In case of infertility related to endometriosis, it is not recommended to prescribe anti-gonadotropic hormone therapy to increase the rate of spontaneous pregnancy, including postoperatively. The possibilities of fertility preservation should be discussed with the patient in case of surgery for ovarian endometrioma.

Keywords: CNGOF; Endometriosis; Endométriose; French National Authority for Health; French National College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (CNGOF); HAS.

Publication types

  • Practice Guideline

MeSH terms

  • Complementary Therapies
  • Contraceptives, Oral, Hormonal
  • Diagnostic Imaging
  • Endometriosis / diagnosis*
  • Endometriosis / therapy*
  • Female
  • Gynecological Examination
  • Humans
  • Infertility, Female / etiology
  • Infertility, Female / therapy
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Pelvic Pain / drug therapy
  • Pelvic Pain / etiology


  • Contraceptives, Oral, Hormonal