Endometriosis is a condition where the tissue that normally lines the inside of a woman’s uterus grows outside of the uterus.
If we’re someone with debilitatingly awful periods, please check with your doctor for further testing. Normally we shed any excess uterine lining every month by menstruating.
But if we have tissue that is growing in the body where it doesn’t belong… Hello:
– Inflammation, scar tissue build-up, & immune system panic
– Immensely painful reproductive disorder & inflammatory disease that gets worse with time
– Scar tissue that can cause organs to stick together or block the Fallopian tubes & cause infertility
It’s pretty scary stuff.
– Estimated to impact 1 in 10 women
– 30-50% of women who have endometriosis may struggle with infertility?
– Most women don’t realize they have it and often deal with symptoms an average of 9-10 years before being diagnosed by a doctor
Symptoms of Endometriosis May Include:
– Severe cramping & discomfort during menstruation
– Pelvic pain (during menstruation or throughout the entire month)
– Heavy periods that last 7+ days
– Spotting between periods
– Pain during sexual intercourse
– Painful digestion/nausea
Endometriosis can also be found in conjunction with:
– Other hormone imbalances
– Rheumatoid Arthritis
– Crohn’s Disease
– Ulcerative Colitis
– Multiple Sclerosis
More and more research points that Endometriosis may be driven by inflammation and autoimmune tendencies, rather than driven being driven solely by hormonal imbalance (although there’s often hormonal imbalances as well).
How is Endometriosis diagnosed?
Unfortunately, Endo can be hard to diagnose, as the only tried-and-true way to confirm the presence of Endometriosis would be via exploratory surgery. Symptoms progressively get worse over time, but doctors may utilize ultrasound, MRI, CT scan with contrast, or exploratory surgery.
A Few Natural Ways to Improve Symptoms of Endometriosis:
– Work with a doctor to correct any hormone imbalances
– Consider supplementing with milk thistle, B vitamins, magnesium, zinc, vitamin C, NAC, and resveratrol (check with your doctor prior to changing your supplementation routine)
– Minimize exposure to xenoestrogens (such as plastics, parabens, pesticides)
– Support gut health via probiotics and fermented foods
– Focus on an anti-inflammatory diet. Consider minimizing refined sugars, processed foods, and don’t be afraid to minimize things like dairy and gluten
– Consider supplementing turmeric, fish oil, berberine
– Acupuncture and essential oils
– Switch from high-intensity exercise to less stressful modalities, like yoga, bodybuilding, etc (check out Paragon Training Methods)
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